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Naturalist Notebook 

November 23, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!
(Pictured below, really close up!)

Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences.

Can you guess what it is? Here are some hints:

  • The male of this species does not help out with the care of its offspring.
  • This animal feeds on nuts, seeds, insects, ferns and salamanders.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in front of the Project Lab on Friday, Nov. 25th at 11:30 am for Specimen Spotlight or in the Classroom on Sunday, Nov. 27th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 7:29 am


  1. Is the specimen a Peafowl?

    Comment by Daniel — November 26, 2011 @ 12:14 am

  2. This was a tricky one. This week’s specimen is the leg of a wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo). To learn more about wild turkeys, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — November 27, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

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