Australian Brushturkey Survey

Brushturkey Survey
Brushturkey Survey Form

Birds Queensland is undertaking a Citizen Science survey project to:

  • Collect information on the numbers of Australian Brushturkey observed in south-east Queensland; and
  • To discover how wide spread the birds are.

This survey will follow on from two earlier surveys, one in 1980-81 and the second in 2002-3.

The results of this survey will be compared with the results of the two earlier surveys to determine if the population has increased/decreased and whether the distribution has expanded/contracted.

Did you know

(Added 21 September 2018)

  • A female Brushturkey has a small yellow collar.
  • Female Brushturkeys are smaller than males.
  • Juvenile (young) Brushturkeys don't have a collar.
  • Brushturkey chicks are all brown with yellow legs and about the size of a pigeon.

(Added 13 September 2018)

  • Some people know Brushturkeys as Scrub Turkeys or Bush Turkeys. Brush is the word used by early British settlers in Australia instead of Bush.
  • A Brushturkey is usually about 60 to 70 cm long. This measurement is taken from the tip of its bill to the tip of its tail when it is lying stretched out on a flat surface.
  • A male Brushturkey has a yellow "wattle" at the base of its neck. This wattle is bare skin that can stretch.
  • A sub-species of Brushturkey lives on Cape York. It's wattle is purplish.

More facts ...

Watch this website for:

  • Updates on the Brushturkey Survey project; and
  • Even more interesting facts about the Brushturkey.


Brushturkey Survey Form


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