Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54464

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Megapodiidae
Genus:Alectura
Genus species:Alectura lathami

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:70 cm
Weight:1.8 kg
Identification:The male Australian brush turkey has a black bill, bare red skin on its head, neck, crown, and nape, and a large yellow collar and wattle. Its plumage is a dull black color. The female has a smaller neckband and no wattle.
Habitat:Rainforests, wet open forests, dry inland areas
Diet:Herbivore: fruit, seeds, insects
Reproduction:Male brush turkeys build large incubation mounds in which the female lays her 18-20 eggs. Breeding is done from August to September. The eggs incubate for 67-85 days before hatching.
Behavior:Males constantly monitor the temperature of their nest mounds, removing vegetation to cool it down and adding vegetation to keep the eggs warmer.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Brush turkeys use their tongue to test the temperature of their nests.

Other Information

Geographic:Northeastern Australia Date:1972-02 Subjects:upland ground bird
Australian brush turkey
Megapodiidae
Galliformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54464