A large, edible, gregarious bird of Australia (Talegalla Lathami
) of the family Megapodidæ
. Also applied to several allied species of New Guinea. [1913 Webster
" The brush turkeys live in the “brush,” and construct a common nest by collecting a large heap of decaying vegetable matter, which generates heat sufficient to hatch the numerous eggs (sometimes half a bushel) deposited in it by the females of the flock."