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Australian Crested Dove
(Ocyphaps lophotes)

Common Name: Australian Crested Dove
Scientific Name: Ocyphaps lophotes
Clutch Size: 2 pure white eggs
Incubation Period: 18 to 20 days
Habitation: Found in lightly wooded grasslands in both rural and urban areas, but they can also be seen at watercourses, homestead gardens, pastoral areas, sports grounds, and golf courses. Their habitat has expanded since settlement has produced pastoral lands (previously they were only found in inland and Western Australia).Foraging for grains, they have adapted to grain farming areas, often feeding on the noxious weed of Salvation Jane.
Conservation Status: Least concerned



Greater Prairie Chicken
(Tympanuchus cupido)

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Common Name: Greater Prairie Chicken or Pinnated Grouse
Scientific Name: Tympanuchus cupido
Clutch Size: 5 to 17 eggs
Incubation Period: 23 to 24 days
Habitation: Greater prairie chickens prefer undisturbed prairie and were originally found in tallgrass prairies. They can tolerate agricultural land mixed with prairie, but fewer prairie chickens are found in areas that are more agricultural. The greater prairie chicken was almost extinct in the 1930s due to hunting pressure and habitat loss. They now only live on small parcels of managed prairie land.
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (IUCN 3.1)



African Olive Pigeon
(Columba arquatrix)

Common Name: African Olive Pigeon or Rameron Pigeon
Scientific Name: Columba arquatrix
Clutch Size: 1 (rarely 2) white eggs
Incubation Period: 17 to 20 days
Habitation: This is a species of cool, moist forest canopies above 1,400 m altitude, although it occurs locally as low as 700 m. It will use mountain fynbos, second growth, and clearings, and feed on agricultural land when not persecuted.
Conservation Status: Least Concern



White-faced Black Spanish Chicken
(Spanish: Cara Blanca or Española Cara Blanca)

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Common Name: White-faced Black Spanish Chicken
Spanish: Cara Blanca or Española Cara Blanca
Clutch Size: 160 to 180 white eggs per year
Incubation Period: Hens are non-sitters
Habitation: The White-faced Black Spanish is a breed of domestic chicken which originated in Spain, but was largely bred to its present type in Great Britain in the eighteenth century. It is an older breed than the Minorca. It is distributed throughout the world, but is rare in Spain
Conservation Status: ALBC Priority: Critical



Plain Chachalaca
(Ortalis vetula)

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Common Name: Plain Chachalaca
Scientific Name: Ortalis vetula
Clutch Size: 2 to 4 eggs
Incubation Period: 24 to 25 days
Habitation: The Plain Chachalaca occupies a wide range of habitats, including primary forest, secondary forest, forest edge and riverine forest, thorny bush-scrub, and shrubland. It is also found in human modified habitats such as orchards, suburban parks and gardens and croplands.Unlike other cracids, it is able to adapt to the scrubland that arises after the clearing of tropical rainforest. It can be found from sea-level to 1,850 m (6,070 ft)
Conservation Status: Least Concern



Black Swan
(Cygnus atratus)


Common Name: Black Swan
Scientific Name: Cygnus atratus
Clutch Size: 4 to 8 eggs
Incubation Period: 30 to 45 days
Habitation: The black swan is common in the wetlands of southwestern and eastern Australia and adjacent coastal islands. In the south west the range encompasses an area between North West Cape, Cape Leeuwin and Eucla; while in the east it covers a large region bounded by the Atherton Tableland, the Eyre Peninsula and Tasmania, with the Murray Darling Basin supporting very large populations of black swans. It is uncommon in central and northern Australia.
Conservation Status: The species has a large range, with figures between one and ten million square-km given as the extent of occurrence. The current global population is estimated to be up to 500,000 individuals. No threat of extinction or significant decline in population has been identified with this numerous and widespread bird.



Cape Barren Goose
(Cereopsis novaehollandiae)


Common Name: Cape Barren Goose
Scientific Name: Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Clutch Size: 4 to 7 eggs
Incubation Period: 35 days
Habitation: The Cape Barren Goose is found on the south-eastern coast of Australia, the southern coast of Western Australia and in south-eastern Victoria. It is found on offshore islands, usually granite, in areas of pasture, tussock grass or low heathy scrub
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List least concern species



Kookaburra (Laughing Kookaburra)
(Dacelo novaeguineae)


Common Name: Laughing Kookaburra
Scientific Name: Dacelo novaeguineae
Clutch Size: 2 to 4 eggs
Incubation Period: 24 to 29 days
Habitation: The Kookaburra is native to Australia and New Guinea. It is found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, as well as in suburban areas with tall trees or near running water.
Conservation Status: All Kookaburra species are listed as Least Concern. Australian law protects native birds, including kookaburras.



African Pied Crow
(Corvus albus)


Common Name: African Pied Crow
Scientific Name: Corvus albus
Clutch Size: 3 to 6 eggs
Incubation Period: 18 to 20 days
Habitation: This species, Africa's most widespread member of the genus Corvus, occurs from Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Senegal, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea down to the Cape of Good Hope and on the large island of Madagascar, the Comoros islands, Aldabra group islands, Zanzibar, Pemba and Fernando Po. It inhabits mainly open country with villages and towns nearby. It does not occur in the equatorial rainforest region. It is rarely seen very far from human habitation, though it is not as tied to the urban way of life as the house crow (Corvus splendens) of Asia, and may be encountered far from human habitation in Eritrea.
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List least concern species



Purple Swamphen / Purple gallinule
(Porphyrio porphyrio)

Common Name: Purple Swamphen / Purple gallinule
Scientific Name: Porphyrio porphyrio
Clutch Size: 3 to 6 eggs
Incubation Period: 23 to 27 days
Habitation: They are native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia. They have been introduced to Florida
Conservation Status: The species is considered to be Least Concern globally by the IUCN.



Silver Laced Orpington

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Roul Roul Partridge
(Rollulus rouloul)

Common Name: Roul Roul Partridge
Scientific Name: Rollulus rouloul
Clutch Size: 5 to 6 eggs
Incubation Period: 18 days
Habitation: This small partridge is a resident breeder in lowland rainforests in south Burma, south Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo
Conservation Status: Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species



Aldabra Tortoise
(one of the largest tortoises in the world)
(Aldabrachelys gigantea)

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Common Name: Aldabra Tortoise
Scientific Name: Aldabrachelys gigantea
Clutch Size: 9 to 25 eggs
Incubation Period: on average of 107 days
Habitation: They are from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles
Conservation Status: Vulnerable



Erckel's Francolin
(Pternistis erckelii)

Common Name: Erckel's Francolin
Scientific Name: Pternistis erckelii
Clutch Size: 4 to 10 eggs
Incubation Period: 21 to 23 days
Habitation: It is native to Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. In 1957 the species was also introduced to the Hawaiian islands.
Conservation Status: Not globally threatened (Least Concern)



Miniature Donkeys

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