Happy Thanksgiving! Today's new species isn't related to today's most famous bird, but the name is similar -- welcome the Australian Brushturkey to Birdorable!Australian Brushturkeys are large, darkly plumaged birds with bare facial and neck skin. In males, the red head... Read more »
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.