August 29, 2014 - Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami)
Requested by: hipsterarpaca
Found in northeastern Australia, these birds eat insects, seeds, and fruits, foraging mostly on the ground. Males build large mounds to incubate the eggs, maintaining a constant temperature by adding or removing decaying vegetation. After hatching, the chicks dig their way out of the mound, emerging fully feathered and able to survive on their own.
Just a reminder:the natural diet of these birds is BONES. Not just bone marrow; actual bone shards. They pick up huge freaking bones from carcasses and drop them onto rocks until they get spiky pieces and then they swallow them. Their stomach acid dissolves bone.
look me in the eye and tell me that’s not a fucking dragon
And they aren’t naturally red like that. That’s self-applied makeup. They find the reddest earth they can to work into their feathers as a status symbol.
And they don’t scavenge other parts of carcases, just the bones. 85-90% of their diet is exclusively bone. Hence why it’s only a myth that these birds would just pick up whole lambs and carry them off. It’s not true, but in German they’re still called Lämmergeier as a result.
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