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Wild Turkey

Name (Latin):  Meleagris gallopavo

                           

 

 

                     Size:

                                         Males: L 46" WS 64" WT 7,400 g

                                         Females: L 37" WS 50" WT 4,200 g

          

Description: large, heavy body, small hea, large legs, blackish, dark rufus feather tips

 

                Song/Sounds:

                                                      Males: familar gobbling sound

                                                      Females: "iike, iike, iike..."

                                                       Listen Here.

 

Habitat: open woodlands, forest roads, open fields

 

                              Seasons in Keene: year-round

 

             Nest and Eggs: Clutch pf 4-17 eggs

 

                                    Similar Species: Ring-necked Pheasant

 

Distribution: Most of the United States, except for some areas surrounding the Rockies

 

            Population: Stable

 

Threats: Was extremely threatened by over-hunting, but through stocking programs in the eastern U.S. the turkey population is stable and increasing

 

  Fun Facts: The turkey is only one of two domesticated animals that is an original native to the Americas.

 

             Video: Wild Turkey

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