Sunday, May 8, 2011

Orange-footed Scrub Fowl

We call these resident birds "the Roosters" 'cos they make the most amazing raucous call - usually outside the bedroom window in the early hours!  There were two of them feeding on fallen Carambolas (also called 5-Corner or Star Fruit) this afternoon and we think they may be the offspring of our previously-resident adults as they are still quite small - and quite tame.

They build up a huge pile of dead leaves for their nest - sometimes up to 1.5 metres (about 4-5 feet) high - and they regulate the inner temperature by rearranging the leaves and digging holes in the pile to control the airflow - amazing.

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