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Tue 27Australian Brush-turkey
Deriah Aboriginal Area
After a recent report by M. Wheeler of 3 birds crossing Upper Bullawa Creek Road, on the western boundary of Mt. Kaputar NP (16 Feb 2024; eBird checklist S161627311), 40 km east of Narrabri, I found 2 crossing Carinya Road, ca. 500 m before reaching the picnic/BBQ area. This was at 18:35, maybe 10 km south of Upper Bullawa Creek, higher up in the slopes. It is my first sighting of the species on the western slopes since August 2015. One of the birds that I saw had little or no yellow/red wattled skin on its neck, so likely a juvenile. This suggests that the local western population, which is considered endangered, has not only survived the severe drought of 2017-2019, but is also continuing to breed on the western slopes. The attached excerpt from the eBird distribution map shows how they are isolated from other populations of Aust. Brush-turkeys. (Moderator's Note: Birdata records also show this population as very isolated, though show no records since the drought and fires that culminated in 2019. Great to see they have survived and are likely breeding! MR) eBird checklist
Michael Dahlem 28/2 #270284


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