Brush Turkeys FAQs

What is the difference between male and female brush turkeys?

The males have a prominent yellow skin flap on their throat and are usually large. Some female turkeys can have a small yellow bib.

Why do you relocate male turkeys?

It is the male scrub turkey which is generally the most destructive because he builds the nest mound and maintains it. We work under a wildlife permit to relocate male turkeys. Once the male is taken away, the females usually disperse and are usually only short term visitors.

Why do you need a permit for Brush Turkey Removal?

Brush Turkeys are native wildlife so are protected. Unlicensed members of the public are not allowed to trap, relocate or harm them. We have a special permit from the Environment Department that allows us to relocate turkeys under strict conditions.

Should I destroy the nest mound?

No, if a male turkey is actively mounding we use the mound to catch him because we use his territorial behaviour. But after he has been removed you should dismantle the mound ASAP so it does not attract another male brush turkey to the same turkey nest.

Can you help if there is no mound?

If there is no mound or the male is not actively nest building we can still try to catch it but it may take longer. We can set a cage for up to two weeks, but do charge with or without results.

What happens once you remove the male scrub turkey?

Once the male turkey has been taken away we recommend you destroy the mound immediately so that other male turkeys don’t take over the nest. The female turkeys will generally disperse once the male turkey has been removed. Only the males set up a territory. The females constantly move about so may just scratch in your garden for a few days then move on.

Where do you take the brush turkey?

We take the turkey 10 to 20kms away and guarantee you won’t get that one back. It is released in a suitable bush area. As we can’t guarantee you won’t get other males in the area, we suggest you remove any mound immediately so other male turkeys are not attracted to your area.

What happens if there are eggs in the nest?

We cannot relocate the male until the eggs hatch because he is managing the incubation process and that is a requirement of all permits issued for brush turkey relocation.

Brush Turkey Feeding

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