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Alectura lathami (Australian Brushturkey)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Australian brushturkey or Australian brush-turkey (Alectura lathami), also frequently called the scrub turkey or bush turkey, is a common, widespread species of mound-building bird from the family Megapodiidae found in eastern Australia from Far North Queensland to Illawarra in New South Wales. The Australian brushturkey has also been introduced to Kangaroo Island in South Australia. It is the largest extant representative of the family Megapodiidae and is one of three species to inhabit Australia. Despite its name and their superficial similarities, the bird is not closely related to American turkeys, or to the Australian bustard, which is also known as the bush turkey.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 15.5407
EDGE Score: 2.80582


Adult Weight [1]  5.16 lbs (2.34 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  190 grams
Female Weight [1]  4.76 lbs (2.16 kg)
Male Weight [1]  5.56 lbs (2.52 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [1]  16.7 %
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Frugivore, Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [3]  20 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  20 %
Diet - Plants [3]  40 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  20 %
Forages - Understory [3]  20 %
Forages - Ground [3]  80 %
Clutch Size [5]  12
Incubation [4]  50 days
Maximum Longevity [6]  13 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Brigalow tropical savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Cape York Peninsula tropical savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Carpentaria tropical savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Eastern Australian temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Einasleigh upland savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Queensland tropical rain forests Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests  

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Dunggir National Park II 6402 New South Wales, Australia
Flinders Chase National Park II 81245 South Australia, Australia
Lamington National Park II 50970 Queensland, Australia
Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar Site   Queensland, Australia

Prey / Diet

Lentinula lateritia[7]
Mangifera indica (mango)[8]
Musa acuminata (edible banana)[8]


Parasitized by 
Ascaridia catheturina <Unverified Name>[9]
Gongylonema alecturae <Unverified Name>[9]
Goniodes macrocephalus[9]
Haemoproteus megapodius <Unverified Name>[9]
Lipeurus crassus[9]
Mediorhynchus alecturae[10]
Odontoterakis bancrofti <Unverified Name>[10]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Bird Park Marlowlathami
Blackbutt Reserve
Burger's Zoolathami
Denver Zoological Gardens
Hai Park Kiriat Motzkinlathami
Parc Zoologique De Cleres (MNHN)
Prospect Park Zoolathami
Sedgwick County Zoo
Ueno Zoological Gardenslathami
Vogelpark (Birdpark) Avifauna
Wildlife World Zoo
Zoologická a botanická zahrada Plzen
Zoologischer Garten Basellathami




Attributes / relations provided by
1Jones, DN, Dekker, RWRJ and Roselaar, CS 1995. The Megapodes (Megapodiidae). Oxford University Press
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Intrinsic aging-related mortality in birds, Robert E. Ricklefs, JOURNAL OF AVIAN BIOLOGY 31: 103–111. Copenhagen 2000
5Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
6de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
7MORE ON MYCOPHAGOUS BIRDS, J. A. Simpson, Australasian Mycologist 19 (2) 2000: research paper, p. 49-51
8Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
9Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
10Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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