To study turkey instincts, consider robot turkeys

By Sarah Zielinski, 08:58 AM November 27, 2013

How does a bird or any other animal recognize another member of its species? In many creatures, this is done by imprinting on a parent. But a young Australian brush turkey can’t do that because by the time it hatches, its parents are long gone. The mama birds lay nests underground in mounds of decaying material and then take off. The baby birds, kept warm by the surrounding decomposition, hatch one by one, dig themselves out and start looking for food. Within a few days, young chicks begin to...

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