Bush turkey, chook cross
BIRD watchers are in a flap after the discovery of what appears to be a cross between a bush turkey and a chook.
The greyish speckled fowl with the bush turkey-like tail and the head of a chicken was found earlier this month close to a turkey nest on the bank of a creek near the western Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove.
A young male turkey was found nearby and is believed to be friendly with the cross-bred fowl.
But it seems they have not produced any eggs in the nesting mound.
‘‘The soil area has not been dug for quite a while — it’s moderately compact,’’ ornithologist Tim Murphy from bird watching group Birds Queensland said.
A cross between a bush turkey and a chicken appeared on a Queensland farm about 20 years ago, but Mr Murphy has cast doubts on the existence of another one.
‘‘A hybrid is not impossible but extremely unlikely in my opinion,’’ he said.