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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wild Turkey by Francisco Corral

Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey is a large plump bird that you can spot roosting in trees often with a group of other wild turkeys and or you may find them along the road and on open fields scavenging for berries, nuts, insects, and snails. The latin name for this bird is Meleagris gallopavo which means large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food. These birds have small heads with long slim necks , the head color may vary from red to blue to gray. In order to impress a female these birds puff up their body feathers, flare their tails into a vertical fan, and strut slowly while giving a characteristic gobbling call. And just like humans they talk to communicate (28 different calls). These birds are not migratory so they usually don't move location, actually they may only move a mile or two a day in order to find food. Wild Turkeys live in mature forests, particularly nut trees such as oak, hickory, or beech, interspersed with edges and fieldsYou may also see them along roads and woodsy backyards. An average adult turkey diet is made up of 85 percent vegetable matter and 15 percent animal matter. They are of a least concern status.

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