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Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami) Fact Sheet: Bibliography & Resources


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Dow DD. 1988b. Sexual interactions by Australian Brush-turkeys away from the incubation mound. Emu 88:49–50. doi:10.1071/mu9880049.

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Göth A. 2002. Behaviour of Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami, Galliformes: Megapodiidae) chicks following underground hatching. J. Ornithol. 143:477–488. doi:10.1007/BF02465603.

Göth A. 2007a. Incubation temperatures and sex ratios in Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami) mounds. Austral Ecol. 32:378–385. doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2007.01709.x.

Göth A. 2007b. Mound and mate choice in a polyandrous megapode: females lay more and larger eggs in nesting mounds with the best incubation temperatures. The Auk 124:253. doi:10.1642/0004-8038(2007)124[253:MAMCIA]2.0.CO;2.

Göth A. 2012. Powerful Owl preying on an Australian Brush-turkey in Sydney. Aust. Field Ornithol. 29:102–104.

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Jones DN. 1988b. Selection of incubation mound sites by the Australian Brush-turkey Alectura lathami. Ibis 130:251–260. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1988.tb00975.x.

Jones DN. 1988c. Hatching success of the Australian Brush-turkey Alectura lathami in south-east Queensland. Emu 88:260. doi:10.1071/MU9880260.

Jones DN. 1990a. Social organization and sexual interactions in Australian Brush-turkeys (Alectura lathami): implications of promiscuity in a mound-building megapode. Ethology 84:89–104. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0310.1990.tb00787.x.

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Additional Internet Resources

Brush-turkey Tiles

Tile art of Australian Brush-turkey

Tile art of an Australian Brush-turkey.

Located on a public monument dedicated to Aboriginal culture and history.

Image location: Milbi Wall (or "Story Wall"); Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

Image credit: John Hill via Wikimedia. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareALike 3.0.

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