Aepypodius bruijnii (Oustalet, 1880:906)

Bruijn's brush turkey, Waigeo brush turkey



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Talegallus Bruijnii Oustalet, 1880:906 (original combination); Alectura bruijnii (Oustalet, 1880:906)


Conservation Status

Last record: late 1870's

Rediscovered in 1938 (de Shauensee, 1940)

IUCN RedList status: Endangered



Waigeo Island, Papua New Guinea


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Oustalet, M. E. (1880). Observations sur les Mégapodes. Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des sciences 90: 906-908.

Other references:

Anon. (2007). Bruijn's Brush-turkey photographed for the first time in the wild. World Pheasant Association News: 5.

BirdLife International. (2012). Aepypodius bruijnii. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 30 May 2013.

de Shauensee, R. Meyer. (1940). Rediscovery of the megapode, Aepypodius bruijnii. Auk 57: 83-84.

Dekker, R. and Argeloo, M. (1993). Bruijn's Brush-turkey Aegopodius bruijnii remains a mystery. Megapode Newsletter 7(2): 15-17.

Mauro, I. (2002). Bruijn's Brush-turkey Aepypodius bruijnii for the first time observed in the wild. Megapode Newsletter 16: 2-3.

Mauro, I. (2005). Field discovery, mound characteristics, bare parts, vocalisations and behaviour of Bruijn's Brush-turkey (Aepypodius bruijnii). Emu 105: 273-281.

Mauro, I. (2006). Habitat, microdistribution and conservation status of the enigmatic Bruijn's Brush-turkey Aepypodius bruijni. Bird Conservation International 16(4): 279-292.

Mauro, I. (2008). Bruijn's Brush-turkey Aepypodius bruijnii: field discovery, monitoring and conservation of an enigma. Megapode Newsletter 21(1): 7.

Plantema, O. (2011). Close encounters on Waigeo: Bruijn's Brush-Turkey and Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise. Dutch Birding 33(2): 124-131.

Post, J. N. J. (2020). De Kop van Bruijn; herontdekking van het Bruijns boshoen (Aepypodius bruijnii). – in Dutch. Publisher Hans Post, Diever, the Netherlands.

Ripley, S. (1960). Distribution and Niche Differentiation in Species of Megapodes in the Moluccas and western Papuan area. Proc. 12th Int. Ornithol. Congress, Helsinki, Finland 2: 631-640.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Somadikarta, Soekarja, Voisin, Jean-François and Dekker René W. R. J. (2002). Liste des types d’oiseaux des collections du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle de Paris. 10: Mégapodes (Megapodiidae). Zoosystema 24(1): 181-186.

Voisin, C.; Voisin, J.-F.; Soekarja Somadikarta; Dekker, R. (2000). Six overlooked specimens of Bruijn's Brush-turkey Aepypodius bruijnii (Oustalet, 1880). Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 120: 146-148.


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