[A dusky scrubfowl uses its feet to forage in soil and leaf litter. It stops to preen sometimes, then continues walking around and scraping at the soil with its feet.] [Explore Macaulaylibrary.org]

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Dusky Scrubfowl are a member of a family of birds called megapodes, meaning “large feet.” This individual is using its feet to search through the leaf litter for food such as insects and other invertebrates.

This video accompanies Chapter 8, Avian Food and Foraging, Handbook of Bird Biology, 3rd Edition from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Wiley Publishing.

Recorded by Edwin Scholes, Macaulay Library