The popular name of a large gregarious rasorial bird of Australia, the Talegallus lathami, associated with family members Megapodiidæ, of about how big a turkey, blackish-brown above and silvery-gray below: so called as it lives into the brush or scrub.
title can be loosely put on various megapods, or mound-builders, aside from the inquisitive Talegallus lathami. Among these is the mallee, Leipoa ocellata. Additionally it is given to the bustard, Eupodotis australis.
black megapode of wooded parts of Australia and brand new Guinea