Brush Turkey

Alectura lathami

Like the Swamp Wallaby the Brush Turkey is another animal that I never saw around here growing up, but has recently come back to the area. Brush Tukeys were once common around Sydney but were more or less wiped out during the depression when people found them to be an easy to catch dinner. It’s only been in the last 10 years or so that they are making a come back.

The Brush Turkey is a large black bird with a red bald head and a yellow ring around it’s neck. They can fly when they want to but they usually get around by walking.

Brush Turkey
Brush Turkey making a quick getaway
Brush Turkey Chick
Brush Turkey Chick in the front yard. Brush Turkey chicks hatch fully feathered and can fly within a few hours.

 

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