The Waigeo brushturkey (Aepypodius bruijnii) or Bruijn's brushturkey, is a large (approximately 43 cm long) brownish-black megapode with a bare red facial skin, red comb, maroon rump and chestnut brown below. There are two elongated red wattles on the back of the head and a long wattle on the foreneck. Both sexes are similar. The female has a smaller comb and no wattles.
An Indonesian endemic, the Waigeo brushturkey inhabits mountain forests on Waigeo Island of West Papua.
Previously known from less than twenty-five specimens, this little-known species was relocated in 2002. The name commemorates the Dutch merchant Anton August Bruijn.
This bird is threatened by hunting, ongoing habitat loss, small population size and a limited range. It was formerly classified as a Vulnerable species by the IUCN. But new research has shown it to be rarer than it was believed. Consequently, it was uplisted to Endangered status in 2008.
- ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Aepypodius bruijnii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22678559A92778607. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678559A92778607.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
- ^ BLI (2004)
- ^ BLI (2008)
- BirdLife International (BLI) (2008): [2008 IUCN Redlist status changes]. Retrieved 2008-MAY-23.