Orange-footed Scrubfowl

Did you know?

Maintain territories excluding single birds of same species.

Calls
Variety of chuckles and Screams, okok ok ok owwwwwk owwwwwwk
Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
42cm
Maximum Size: 
47cm
Average size: 
45cm
Average weight: 
900g
Breeding season: 
July - March
Clutch Size: 
5 - 6
Incubation: 
13 days
Nestling Period: 
1 days
Conservation Status
Federal: 
NT: 
QLD: 
WA: 
Associated Plants
Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
Atlas Number: 
6
What does it look like?
Description: 

Medium sized ground dwelling bird with strong, orange legs and feet. Distinctive crest at back of head. Upper wing dark brown, upper parts, chestnut brown, head, neck, dark brown - dark grey. Flight is awkward with legs dangling and trailing.

Similar species: 

None

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

Far northern Northern Territory, top half of Cape York, coastal Far North Qld and North Qld down to Yeppoon.

Habitat: 

Rainforests with enclosed canopies providing shade. Dense parts of eucalyptus forests, Swamps.

Seasonal movements: 

Sedentary

What does it do?
Feeding: 

Feeds on ground using strong legs and large strong feet raking ground for seeds, berries, roots. Sometimes eats snails and beetles.

Breeding: 

Mounds built in shaded canopies, and on sand above high tide. Rotting plant material, sand, soil with heat generated from sun used for incubation. Uses same mound for many years and sometimes shares mound with the same species of bird.

Living with us

Occasionally on outskirts of towns.

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