Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami) - HBW 2, p. 303
French: Talégalle de Latham
Spanish: Talégalo Cabecirrojo
Other common names: Australian Scrub-turkey/Bush-turkey, Wild Turkey(!); Purple-pouched Brush-turkey (purpureicollis); Yellow-puched Brush-turkey (lathami)
Taxonomy: Alectura Lathami J. E. Gray, 1831, near Sydney, New South Wales.
May be most closely related to Aepypodius, as suggested by some similarities in behaviour at mound, extensive brightly coloured bare skin with adornments on neck, round nostrils and white eggshell. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- purpureicollis (Le Souëf, 1898) - N Queensland.
- lathami J. E. Gray, 1831 - C & S Queensland, NE New South Wales.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 30 videos
An individual feeding on earthworms, using its feet to unearthening them. Locality O'Reilly's, Lamington National Park, Queensland, Australia (ssp lathami)
Josep del Hoyo 17 October 2010 3 years ago 37 sec 4.9
A bird unearthening earthworms on the forest ground, using its feet, and eating them (last one at 25% speed). Locality O'Reilly's, Lamington National Park, Queensland, Australia (ssp lathami)
Josep del Hoyo 17 October 2010 3 years ago 50 sec 4.8
A bird on a branch, looking around Locality Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia (ssp lathami)
Eldert Groenewoud 21 July 2007 6 years ago 13 sec 4.8
A bird feeding on a track. Locality Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (ssp lathami)
Nick Talbot 7 July 2013 1 year ago 42 sec 4.8
A pair of birds tending their mound. Locality New Lambton, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (ssp lathami)
Nick Talbot 23 December 2012 2 years ago 37 sec 4.7
A bird digging a hole in the top of its mound then putting its head into the hole, spreading its wings and tail. (It may be chec Locality New Lambton, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (ssp lathami)
Nick Talbot 14 January 2012 2 years ago 39 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 34 photos
Head of bird showing purple collar of purpureicollis ssp.
Locality Portland Roads, Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia (ssp purpureicollis)
RLewis0727 19 October 2007 49 weeks ago 4.6
The adult Brush-turkey is 60-75 cm in length, with predominantly black body plumage, with a wingspan of about 85 cm. It has a fe
Locality Queensland, Australia
Terra Firma 15 August 2009 5 years ago 4.6
Male bird foraging on ground
Locality Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
David McKay 18 September 2011 3 years ago 4.5
Female Australian Brush Turkey walking through a rainforest picnic area
Locality Lamington National Park, Queensland, Australia
Rhonda Hansch 30 April 2004 2 years ago 4.3
Male scratching garden mulch into a mound for incubating eggs.
Locality St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Margaret Leggoe 18 October 2013 1 year ago 4.2
A bird tending a nest.
Locality Tallebudgera Creek, Queensland, Australia (ssp lathami)
Nick Talbot 12 July 2013 1 year ago 4.1
Several birds calling by house Locality Cassowary House, Kuranda, Queensland, Australia
Phil Gregory 27 September 2013 19 weeks ago 4
A bird making a low honking sound as it works its mound and then walks away down a path. Locality Philp Parade, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Nick Talbot 1 January 2015 5 weeks ago 0