Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Australian bird, Brush Turkey
Australian bird, Brush Turkey

I shall never forget my first encounter with the Australian Brush Turkey (Alectura lathami)

They are a strange looking bird, appearing to have been made from pieces of other animals!

They have the body of a Black Swan, the vibrant colours of a parrot, the neck and wattle of a turkey, the bald head and the beak of a vulture and a strange vertical fan of tail feathers tail resembling a Shark’s tail

I met this fellow in woods near Barron Falls, near Cairns, Queensland, Australia and spent some quality time in his company until he wandered into a pool of light into the undergrowth, when I took this shot

They make huge mounds of earth and vegetation up to 4ft high and 13ft across and the male controls the size to maintain incubation temperature

A truly fascinating bird!


6 thoughts on “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

  1. nice capture … all my photos of the brush turkey were blurred … but they were lovely to watch as they worked their way through the dense undergrowth, then dashed through the open spaces 🙂


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