Turkey dust bathing

To: Laurie Knight <>
Subject: Turkey dust bathing
From: Gordon Claridge <>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:13:46 +1000
By all means.  And of course you will be referring to the night-heron as the 
Nanking night-heron for consistency?


> On 25 Feb 2019, at 9:29 PM, Laurie Knight <> wrote:
> G’day Anthea
> People under the age of 60 don’t use the term brush to describe native 
> vegetation in Queensland (I suspect the term brush is an antique term used by 
> southern colonists).  The megapodes in SEQ have always been Bush Turkeys in 
> my lexicon and I will continue to drop the redundant r when I refer to them.
> Regards, Laurie
>> On 25 Feb 2019, at 7:57 pm, Anthea Fleming <> wrote:
>> Hi Laurie,
>>  I have seen a domestic Turkey hen dust bathing - don't recall if she dug a 
>> hole or not.
>> Bush turkey -  do you mean the Brush Turkey, the megapode with yellow or 
>> purple wattle round its neck,  or what my grandfather called a Bush Turkey 
>> or Plains Turkey, i.e. Bustard?
>> I have no idea if either dust-bathes.  If i remember I might look up HANZAB.
>> As a member of the WA Geological Survey, 1910 to 1935, Grandpa ate a lot of 
>> Bustards.  They were a very welcome change from a diet of tinned bully beef.
>> Anthea fleming
>> n 25/02/2019 8:09 PM, Laurie Knight wrote:
>>> G’day
>>> I’ve been coming across some odd holes in the bush tracks in my 
>>> neighbourhood.  They are about 30 cm across and 15 cm deep [not your 
>>> average bandicoot or pig excavation].
>>> I came across a female looking bush turkey sitting in a fresh hole, dug 
>>> about 100 metres from the nearest active mound.  It looked rather dusty, 
>>> and I suspect it was dusting.  Is this a common turkey behaviour?
>>> Regards, Laurie.
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