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The genera of birds - Talegalla fuscirostris (19140083500) (cropped).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Megapodiidae
Genus: Talegalla
Lesson, 1828
Type species
Talegalla cuvieri[1]
Lesson, 1828

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Talegalla is a genus of bird in the family Megapodiidae. First described by René Primevère Lesson in 1828, it contains the following species:[2]

The name Talegalla is a combination of taleve, the French word for swamphen, and gallus, the Latin word for "cock". Lesson wrote that he created the word to hint at the unusual appearance of the red-billed brushturkey, which somewhat resembles a swamphen but is the size of a chicken.[3]


  1. ^ Peters, JL (1934). Check-list of birds of the world. Vol. 2. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 8.
  2. ^ "ITIS Report: Talegalla". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Names. London, UK: Christopher Helm. p. 378. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.