thermometer bird

thermometer bird

[thər′mäm·əd·ər ‚bərd]
(vertebrate zoology)
The name applied to the brush turkey, native to Australia, because it lays its eggs in holes in mounds of earth and vegetation, with the heat from the decaying vegetation serving to incubate the eggs.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.