· The Orange-footed Scrubfowl is one of three
megapodes in Australia. This family
name refers to the robust feet of all species.
· The nest is a large incubator mound that generates
heat through the decay of moist organic material.
Direct solar radiation may also contribute significantly.
A typical mound is 2-3 metres tall and up to 15
metres diameter and can weigh over 50 tonnes, maintained by a pair throughout the year. It may be used for decades.
Eggs are laid when the mound temperature is about
30-35 degrees. This temperature
results from site selection, rather than maintenance of the mound.
More than one pair may use a mound so it can
produce large numbers of young each season.
The large egg enables the hatching of a relatively
advanced chick. One report of a
chick unearthed from a mound states that it immediately flew about 10 metres.
Scrubfowl have a peculiar loud territorial call
that is uttered mainly during the night. During
the nesting season, it is more frequent and mostly a duet between the male and
· Food comprises various items found in leaf litter, including fallen fruit.
· Scrubfowl are observed regularly round Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge and in the nearby Lake Eacham picnic area.