I was interested to see the article this morning in the Sydney Morning Herald titled: ‘First it was the march of the cane toad … now the brush turkey is eating Sydney’. We have a few brush turkeys (also called scrub turkeys and bush turkeys) around our house; we live in the bush – officially a ‘rain forest’ which these large-ish birds love. They certainly aren’t the prettiest of birds however they have a lot of character. The only problem we have had with them is that they chase our two year old daughter and sometimes wander into the house.
Apparently a large amount of damage may be done to gardens when the brush turkeys gather vegetation to build large mounds in which to bury their eggs (which the male attends). So, they may not be the prettiest and they may not be garden friendly but they are great to have around.
P.S. They belong to the family ‘Megapode’ (also known as Incubator Birds and Mound-builders)