RFI - re Scrub Turkeys

To: "Syd Curtis" <>, "bird" <>
Subject: RFI - re Scrub Turkeys
From: "Tim Murphy" <>
Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 17:25:16 +1000
Brush Turkeys are abundant in The Gap west Brisbane and I have never seen
any hanger-on birds.

In fact , I think it actively discourages them. Some years ago I was at Bina
Bura in the mountains in south east Queensland and someone was feeding
potato chips to a Brush Turkey, A Pied Currawong swooped down in front of
the Brush Turkey and started eating some of the chips. The Brush Turkey
promptly jumped onto the back of the Pied Currawong and stamped down hard
with its feet several times. The Pied Currawong shook its self and flew off,
with, I am sure, every intention of leaving food in front of Brush Turkeys
alone in future.

Best regards

Time Murphy

PS. Yes there were several  "Do not feed the birds" signs.

-----Original Message-----
 Behalf Of Syd Curtis
Sent: Sunday, 16 May 2004 11:58 AM
To: bird
Subject: RFI - re Scrub Turkeys

I would be grateful for any birding-aus advice on two questions  I have
received from Dr Milewski of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African

1) Does the brush turkey, Alectura lathami, anywhere coexist with lyrebirds,
or do megapodes and lyrebirds tend to be ecologically separated?

2) Does the brush turkey attract hanger-on birds, such as Sericornis and
Petroica, in the way lyrebirds do when they scratch litter and rake soil?

>From my own experience, I have advised Dr Milewski that most Albert's
Lyrebird habitat also has Scrub Turkeys.   And I have suggested that at
least some of the northern Superb Lyrebird areas would also have the
megapode.  From personal experience I know that in Washpool NP there are
Superb Lyrebirds in rainforest, and the park is within the general range of
the turkey.

Further advice re Superbs and turkeys co-existing, or not, would

I cannot answer question 2.

My observations lead me to consider that scrub turkeys feed mainly by raking
the leaf litter, but they do not dig into the soil as do Albert's Lyrebirds.
Confirmation or otherwise of this would also be appreciated.



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