Saturday, 13 September 2014

Djera - Australian Brush Turkey

The First People of the Illawarra call this bird as the Djera, although today it is known commonly as the Australian Brush Turkey.  While similar in build to the American turkey, it is not related.

The Djera is a large powerful bird.  The male builds a mound deep in the forest by kicking debris into a large pile.  Different females may lay up to 30 eggs in the mound, which retains a constant temperature while the chicks hatch.  The hatch with the ability to fly, almost immediately.

Australian Brush Turkey - Djera





Australian Brush Turkey - Djera - Egg mound

Australian Brush Turkey - Djera

Australian Brush Turkey - Djera

Australian Brush Turkey - Djera - a clod of dirt and debris is added to the mound

Australian Brush Turkey - Djera

Australian Brush Turkey - Djera

Australian Brush Turkey - Djera


Peter Quinton
Palerang
September 2014

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