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Australian Brush-turkey

The brush-turkey is not the prettiest bird and certainly not one that you want moving into your suburban garden. They are about 70cm tall and the male builds huge mounds by scratching up all the leaf litter, mulch, garden material within 30 or 40 metres. The nests are 1-1.5m high and 4-6m in diameter - decaying leaf litter to keep the eggs warm. According to my books, 18-24 eggs, pure white, 92x64mm and laid in holes dug into the mound. Incubation is about 7 weeks

 

This one is a male - easily distinguished from the female by brighter red on the neck and head and the impressive yellow wattle. It is nest building season at present. Found from Cape York to the Hawkesbury River near Sydney - rarely on the western side of the Great Dividing Range

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Taken on September 15, 2012