Australian Brushturkey

About the Australian Brushturkey

Also known as: Gweela, Bush Turkey, Scrub Turkey, Australian Brush-turkey
The Australian Brushturkey is a large bird species native to eastern Australia. Despite the name, they are not closely related to the Wild Turkey of North America. They are part of the same order of birds: Galliformes.

Male Australian Brushturkeys can be recognized by their large size, their featherless red faces, and bare yellow skin below the neck. The skin has a brighter color during breeding season.

Australian Brushturkeys are mound-building nesters. Males construct a mound made of mud and dirt, leaf litter, and other debris materials. Eggs are laid inside the mound, which retains heat without the birds needing to attend to incubation.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 25 November 2021
Scientific Name
Alectura lathami
  • Galliformes
  • Megapodiidae
  • Alectura
  • A. lathami
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Units: Imperial / Metric
23.5 to 29.5 inches
33 inches
70 to 104 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 灌丛塚雉
Czech (Cesky) tabon lesní
Danish (Dansk) Kratkalkun
Dutch (Nederlands) Boskalkoen
Finnish (Suomi) kekokana
French (Français) Talégalle de Latham
German (Deutsch) Australbuschhuhn
Italian (Italiano) Megapodio australiano
Japanese (日本語) yabutsukatsukuri [ヤブツカツクリ]
Norwegian (Norsk) Klaveovnhøne
Polish (Polski) nogal brunatny
Portuguese (Português) Peru-do-mato-australiano
Russian (русский язык) Австралийский курохвост
Spanish (Español) Talégalo Cabecirrojo
Swedish (Svenska) australisk buskhöna
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