Australian Brushturkey Survey

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Brushturkey Survey

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 December 2018)

  • Brushturkeys are the most ancient member of a family that dates back 30 million years and includes chickens, quails, peacocks and pheasants.
  • Their egg incubation process - dumping them in a mound and abandoning them - is an extraordinarily primitive nesting behaviour, closer to a crocodile than a normal bird's.
  • In many places in Australia, Brushturkeys are totems for some Aboriginal people including the Arakwal people of Byron Bay.
  • During the Great Depression when jobs and food were scarce the Brushturkey became a reliable source of meat and eggs. The eggs are bigger than a goose egg and are 80 per cent yolk.

(Added 14 December 2018)

  • Brushturkeys love fruits and seeds from native plants which they feed on.
  • Insects are the Brushturkeys main food source.
  • Brushturkeys will often eat pet food which they take from bowls of cats and dogs that are fed outside. If you don’t want them around, don’t leave out bowls of pet food.
  • If you have a Brushturkey which visits your yard, be careful not to use an insecticide or chemicals that will contaminate insects they eat as it can make them very ill.

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Watch this website for:

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

Resources

Brushturkey Town Crier November 2018
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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