Brush-turkey near Lithgow, NSW

Subject: Brush-turkey near Lithgow, NSW
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 18:53:19 +1100
Hi all,

Brush-turkeys have been rapidly moving up the
Blue Mountains recently into areas they have not
been previously recorded.

I've now been sent a photo of a dead Brush-turkey
found last Sunday near Baal Bone Gap in Ben
Bullen State Forest, approx 20km north of Lithgow
(at 33°17'27.80" S, 150° 5'42.20" E). This is the
furthest west I've heard of any being seen in
this part of NSW, at least in recent years. My
guess is that it came up from the Wolgan Valley,
where there have been some sightings. And it's
only a short hop from there into the Capertee

I note in Morris, McGill & Holmes, 1981 "Handlist
of Birds in New South Wales" that the Australian
Brush-turkey occurred "west to ... Wolgan River
(nearly to Capertee)." So perhaps they are just
returning to areas inhabited in the past.

The dead bird was hanging by its foot in the fork
of a tree. The people who found it looked for
bullet holes and other wounds but couldn't see
any, and assumed that it had got its foot caught
and got stuck and died. However, it was beside a
track so it's possible someone had killed it,
accidentally or on purpose, and hung it there.



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