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  Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami)





Australian Brush-turkey | Alectura lathami photo
Brush-Turkey in Lamington National Park - this is a mature male. Note the long bright yellow wattle.

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Australian Brush-turkey | Alectura lathami photo
This is a Turkey chick. The adult scrub turkey builds a large mound of leaves and mulch and lays her eggs inside. The heat from the mound keeps the eggs warm. When the chicks hatch they are on their own.

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Australian Brush-turkey | Alectura lathami photo
Brush-Turkey male, Lamington National Park.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Australian Brush-turkey | Alectura lathami photo
Brush-Turkey male, Lamington National Park.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



BIRD FACTS

Description
The Australian Brush-turkey is a large black ground bird from the rainforest and dense woodland of eastern Australia. It has a bare red head and yellow wattles. The male has larger wattles during the breeding season. The tail is fan shaped in a vertical plane. They rarely fly, preferring to run when alarmed, although they can fly in a clumsy fashion when they need to. they roost in trees at night

Other Names
Scrub Turkey

Size
60 - 70cm. A bit larger than a domestic hen.

Habitat
rainforest and dense woodland. It is also found in suburban gardens near forest, where it can become a nuisance by scaping garden mulch into mounds.

Food
insects, grubs, fruit, seeds

Breeding
It builds a large mound of mulch and leaves up to 4m wide and over 1m tall. 12-15 eggs laid in mound. The young dig themselves out after hatching. They prefer to use the same mound site every year

Range
mainly east of the dividing range, from north Queensland to NSW



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Megapodiidae
Genus:Alectura
Species:lathami
Common Name:Australian Brush-turkey