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Brush turkeys invading suburban Sydney backyards

In 2014 it was reported that brush turkey numbers in Brisbane had increased by 700% in the past 20 years and that NSW could expect a similar invasion.
In 2014 it was reported that brush turkey numbers in Brisbane had increased by 700% in the past 20 years and that NSW could expect a similar invasion. Contributed

BRUSH turkeys are heading back into urban Sydney areas in droves, according to an environmental expert, and there is not much residents can do about it.

The Australian brush turkey, also known as bush turkey and scrub turkey, are part of the megapode "big feet" bird family.

They wreak havoc in beloved backyards by raking up dirt to make large incubator nests which can sometimes hold up to 56 eggs in one mound.

This is because one male brush turkey can breed with up to six females who can each lay up to 12 eggs.

The population of brush turkeys in Australia was severely reduced along the east coast in the 1960s after coming close to extinction during the Depression as they were easy to hunt for food.

Read more at: ABC

Topics:  animals environment sydney



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