Saturday, 20 September 2008

The Australian Brush Turkey.


 
 
 
 


The Australian Brush Turkey.Other names: Brush Turkey, Scrub Turkey, Wild Turkey.
They live in closed forest from Cape York in Queensland to Woolongong in New South Wales. Most of my daughter's 16 hectare large property consists of rainforest, which houses among other creatures Brush Turkeys. A few of them have become tame, and as soon as the ducks are being fed, they appear and try to get some of the ducks'food. That's why it was not difficult to take photos and a short video.
This bird is between 60 and 70 cm long.
The eggs are incubated in large mounds of vegetable matter built by the male.

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18 comments:

Aileni said...

A different colour but similar in size and shape to a phesant. Pleasing colours.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Interesting.Are they like our American turkeys? Are they edible?

Juliana RW said...

i enjoy the video and great shots :D

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Old Lady Lincoln said...

Does your daughter ever capture one and kill it for dinner, or is this something they don't eat?

Janice Thomson said...

I like the male's colours - he's almost exotic looking - almost LOL

babooshka said...

I'm a veggie so I won't ask how they taste, just say they look smaller.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

The Brush Turkey had pretty colors around his neck. Very nice.

Tink *~*~* said...

Hey, you gonna let those old ducks eat your dinner? :D

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Faye Pekas said...

I've never seen a turkey like that. Pretty colors on their heads.

Reader Wil said...

To answer chrisc and jonj and Patty's question: my daughter never kills an animal and she is a veggie like Babooshka.

Merisi said...

Such a beautiful big bird,
thank you for sharing this delightful encounters! :-)

Indrani said...

Great shots! The turkey seems to be maintaining a decent distance from the ducks. :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love the botanical pictures down the side of your site, Reader wil. Also the picture of windmills across the top. I have friends in Hillegom and they send me pictures of the glorious Netherlands scenery - it all looks so clean and wholesome.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I learned today that Australia has wild turkeys. That's what I like about blogging, learning new things. ;-)

AppleDebbie said...

I enjoyed the photos and the video. Apparently the ducks don't get along with the turkey?

D... said...

Cool captures! I have never seen one before.

Misty Dawn said...

What an awesome and amazing looking turkey! I would love to have a chance to see the critters of your land someday!

Denise said...

That is a very interesting bird and I enjoyed the video.