RFI - re Scrub Turkeys

To: Syd Curtis <>
Subject: RFI - re Scrub Turkeys
From: knightl <>
Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 18:05:30 +1000
G'day Syd, I would certainly have to say that I can't think of any area where you'd find an alberts lyrebird that would not suit a scrub turkey - ie the range of alberts is entirely a subset of that of scrub turkeys. Perhaps the same might also be said for logrunners, another rainforest floor scratcher in SEQ.

Regards, Laurie.

On Sunday, May 16, 2004, at 11:57  AM, Syd Curtis wrote:

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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