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Australian brush turkey

The Australian brush turkey, also known as bush or scrub turkey, can be found in rainforests along eastern NSW. With a striking red head, blue-black plumage and booming call, these distinctive Australian birds are easy to spot while bird watching in several NSW national parks.

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The native Australian brush turkey is found in rainforest and adjacent eucalypt forests throughout NSW. It has a distinctive lobe that hangs from the base of its neck, deep blue-black plumage, bright head colours, and a general ‘turkey-like’ appearance.

You might spot a brush turkey foraging on the forest floor for seeds, fruits and small insects. If you’re lucky, you might hear the male’s booming call echoing through the bush.

When breeding, the male brush turkey builds a large mound of leaf litter in which the female lays her eggs. The decomposing vegetation gives off heat which helps incubate the eggs. Upon hatching, the chicks dig their way out through the layers.

Animal facts

Common name
Brush turkey
Scientific name
Alectura lathami
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this animal is found

Walk with the birds in Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary