10 Facts about Wild Turkeys: August 2022

Lynde Shores near Whitby is a good place to see Wild Turkeys.

Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey (male)
Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey

Here are 10 facts about Wild Turkeys.

#1 Wild Turkeys are very large, plump birds with long legs, wide, rounded tails, and a small head on a long, slim neck. (allaboutbirds.org)

Wild Turkey (male)

#2 Turkeys are dark overall with a bronze-green iridescence to most of their plumage. (allaboutbirds.org)

Wild Turkey

#3 Male turkeys grows a cluster of long feathers from the center of the chest. This cluster is known as the turkey’s beard. (beautyofbirds.com)

Wild Turkey (male)

#4 Turkeys travel in flocks and search on the ground for nuts, berries, insects, and snails. (allaboutbirds.org)

Wild Turkey (male)

#5 At night, turkeys fly up into trees to roost in groups.  (allaboutbirds.org)

Wild Turkey

#6 Wild Turkeys live in mature forests, particularly nut trees such as oak, hickory, or beech, interspersed with edges and fields. You may also see them along roads and in woodsy backyards. After being hunted out of large parts of their range, turkeys were reintroduced and are numerous once again. (allaboutbirds.org)

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#7 Adult male turkeys are called gobblers or toms, females are called hens. Young chicks are poults, while juvenile males are jakes and juvenile females are jennies. (birdwatchingdaily.com)

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Wild Turkey

#8 The Wild Turkey ( Meleagris gallopavo) is one of only two birds native to North America that has been regularly domesticated, the other being the Muscovy Duck. (birdwatchingdaily.com)

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Wild Turkey

#9 An adult turkey has 5,000 to 6,000 feathers on its body. (birdwatchingdaily.com)

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Wild Turkey

#10 The English name of the bird may be a holdover from early shipping routes that passed through the country of Turkey on their way to delivering the birds to European markets. (allaboutbirds.org)

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Wild Turkey

NATURE POETRY

Nay, the ordinary things in Nature,

would be greater miracles than the extraordinary,

which we admire most,

if they were done but once.   – John Donne (1572–1631)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “10 Facts about Wild Turkeys: August 2022

  1. Lew Rasminsky

    Very timely post. While walking yesterday I saw a male wild turkey crossing Clear Lake Rd. in Seguin, On. He was just as you describe him. Lew

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  2. rosemarie fischer

    very interesting,Miles,for sure not the most attractive one among birds.
    Thanks for sharing………..

    Reply

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