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Friday, 27 January 2012

Alectura lathami Australian Brushturkey

Common Names: Australian Brushturkey, Australian Brush-turkey, Bush Turkey, Scrub Turkey
Species: Alectura lathami

Ah the infamous bush turkey, the bane of many a vegetable gardener. Scrub turkeys are problematic for the gardener because the males will scrape together leaf litter and form large mounds for the females to lay their eggs into. However these turkeys have a tendency to be vandals and don't mind digging a few of your young plants up in the process. The one in this photograph is a female as it lacks the more intense colouring and neck gobble of the male.