Brush Turkey chick description

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Subject: Brush Turkey chick description
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 14:05:54 +1100
Hi Birders,
Alistair Smith enquired regarding the description of a Brush Turkey chick. HANZAB Vol 2 1993 gives the description as follows:
Soft parts:  Bill black, iris dark, legs and claws cream to straw yellow.
Description:  On hatching, most feathering, soft, downy. Head, brown: ear-coverts, bare or with short buff feathers; Hindneck, greyish-buff; Rest of upperparts, fairly uniform dull black brown; Remiges and greater coverts, developed, dark brown; Throat and foreneck, buff; Breast, grey-brown, appearing as fairly sharply demarcated band between buff throat and belly; Flanks, dull brown; Tail, black-brown, downy.
In my expereince the chicks resemble the chickens of domestic fowls but are basically darkish all over with well developed wing feathers and they can fly well down hill gaining considerable height as they take -off rising up at about a 45 degrees angle.
Alan Morris
Birding NSW, Records Officer
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