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Author Jones, Darryl N.
Title Mound-builders / Darryl Jones and Ann Göth.
Imprint Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Pub., [2008]

Author Jones, Darryl N.
Series Australian natural history series
Australian natural history series.
Subject Megapodiidae -- Ecology -- Australia.
Megapodiidae -- Habitat -- Australia.
Megapodiidae -- Behavior -- Australia.
Megapodiidae -- Nests -- Australia.
Megapodiidae -- Conservation -- Australia.
Alt Name Göth, Ann.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 119 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 107-116) and index.
Contents Familiar yet distinct -- Taxonomy, distribution and habitat -- Appearance and ecology -- The mound -- Abandoned eggs -- Growing up without parental care -- Social and reproductive behaviour -- Conservation and management of Australian mound-builders.
Summary "The Megapodes are an ancient and remarkable group of birds that occur only in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the islands that surround them. Within this group, there are 22 species of mound-builders, three of which occur in Australia in dramatically differing habitats: the scrubfowl lives in the humid tropics; the brush turkey in dense forested areas from Cape York to Sydney; and most remarkable of all, the malleefowl, which lives in the arid interior. Mound-builders are unique in being the only birds that do not incubate their eggs using body heat; rather, a variety of naturally occurring sources of heat is exploited such as solar energy, geothermal and, most commonly, the heat generated by decomposing organic matter. This book shows how this remarkable adaptation influences every part of these birds lives, including the development of the embryo, the parentless life of the hatchlings, their social organisation and their survival"--Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780643096486 (electronic bk.)
0643096485 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 304622350
Additional Format Print version: Jones, Darryl N. Mound-builders. Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Pub., ©2008 9780643093454 0643093451 (OCoLC)271907141

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