birding-aus Brush Turkey & egglaying

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Subject: birding-aus Brush Turkey & egglaying
From: "G Glass" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 10:41:08 +1000
Laurie Knight wrote:

"As luck would have it, I happened to be looking out the back door when
the action was happening on the mound this morning.  The male had
carried out some minor excavations in the middle of the mound
[temperature testing I suspect] when a female rocked up and engaged in
some eratic scratching round the edges of the mound.  She then laid down
beside the male who promptly mounted - interesting to see that he
maintained an extremely firm grip on the back of the female's neck
during the process.  The female then proceeded to getting on with the
next egg laying."

I hadn't realised before that, of course, it would be the egg impregnated
by yesterday's male that was laid in today's bird's mound. Any comments
from the experts?

Gloria Glass
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