|Australian Brush-turkey Alectura
The Australian Brush-turkey is distributed in eastern Australia from Cape York south to the Illawarra region of New South Wales. It is found in tropical and temperate rainforests where it builds its breeding mound from leaf litter (not normally from Eucalyptus).
|It has a bare, red head and a
bright yellow wattle which is much larger on the male. The race
in the York Peninsula, A. l. purpureicollis has a bluish
white wattle. I'm not sure if photo 4, taken at Cooktown,
shows this race or simply a young bird.
It is omnivorous but seems to prefer plant food such as seeds, grain, roots and fruit.
|It makes a series of low
|The scientific name derives from John Latham, a founder of the Linnean Society of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society who wrote General Synopsis of Birds from 1781 to 1785.|
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