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  Orange-footed Scrub Fowl (Megapodius reinwardt)





Orange-footed Scrub Fowl | Megapodius reinwardt photo
Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Daintree

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Orange-footed Scrub Fowl is a large fowl with a small head. It has a short crest and bare patch of yellow skin round the eye. The legs and feet are orange.

Other Names
Jungle-fowl, Scrub-hen

Size
45cm

Habitat
rainforest, scrub, sometimes mangroves

Food
insects, soil invertebrates, seeds, fruit

Breeding
The Orange-footed Scrub Fowl builds a large mound of earth and plant matter that can measure several metres in diameter and over a metre high. Yellowish white or pale pink eggs are laid in the mound individually.

Range
coastal northern Australia from central Queensland coast to the Kimberleys in Western Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Megapodiidae
Genus:Megapodius
Species:reinwardt
Common Name:Orange-footed Scrub Fowl