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Brush Turkey

Alectura lathami


A large bird with black feathers and a red head. Its total length is about 60–75 cm and a wingspan about 85 cm. It is the largest the Megapodiidae family (mound builders) and is one of three species to inhabit Australia. It is not closely related to American turkeys


Seen in rainforest in North Queensland, but they are widely distributed across eastern Australia from Far North Queensland to Illawarra in southern New South Wales.


It is interesting to read about mound-builders at Wikipedia. If you ever get the opportunity, see the documentary "Chant of the Scrub Turkey"

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Fernando Prados
Fernando Prados 8 years ago

Very good photo

lori.tas 9 years ago

The only one I've ever seen was up a tree as well, and apparently none too fussed by our drifting by in a boat. On that same bird-watching trip on the Daintree river we saw a megapode mound (built by a Orange-footed Scrubfowl) that was probable taller than I am. Fascinating creatures.

Steve A
Steve A 9 years ago

Thanks Lori, they are certainly birds with a personality!

lori.tas 9 years ago

Excellent photo. You've really captured the colors and the feathering.

Steve A
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Steve A

4885, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jan 15, 2011
Submitted on Jun 16, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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