Australian Brushturkey Survey

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Brushturkey Survey
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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 16 November 2018)

  • Females lay up to 18 eggs per year.
  • Eggs incubate for around 7 weeks before chicks hatch.
  • Brushturkey chicks hatch up to 1 metre underground.
  • Some Brushturkey eggs are eaten by predators (lizards, cats, foxes, dingoes).
  • Some Brushturkey eggs are die from overheating.

(Added 9 November 2018)

  • Brushturkey eggs are incubated at temperatures ranging from 27˚C to 37˚C but most commonly around 33˚C.
  • When the mound is first built, temperatures can rise to 40˚C but this settles to under 40˚C in three or so weeks.
  • Australian megapodes or mound builders rely on micro-organisms that cause vegetable matter to decay to produce heat.
  • Dampness helps the vegetable matter to ferment, which in turn generates heat.
  • If mound temperatures are warmer (37˚C) it appears that more females will be produced and at cooler temperatures (32˚C) more males will be produced.

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Watch this website for:

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


Brushturkey Survey Form


Brushturkey Town Crier October 2018
Brushturkey Town Crier September 2018
Wanted Poster (A4)
Wanted Poster (A3)
Experience Nature Poster (A4)
Experience Nature Poster (A3)

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