Wild Turkey (Domesticated turkey) Birds Images Facts Eggs Details

Wild Turkey (Domesticated turkey)

The wild turkey bird is also known as a domesticated turkey because is the same species as the domestic turkey. This turkey bird is an upland ground bird. The native of this wild turkey is  North America.

In this article, you will see large poultry Wild Turkey Birds Images, facts and it’s eggs details. Domestic turkey was originally originated from the southern Mexican.

The Female domesticated turkey birds are referred to as hens and its chicks are called as a poults or turkeylings. In united state male call as toms and in Europe refer as stags.

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Wild turkey facts

Wild turkey identification

  • The adult wild turkey birds have a reddish-yellow to the grayish-green long leg.
  • Generally, these birds have a blackish and dark body feathers. sometimes have a grey-brown feather with the coppery sheen.
  • Males wild turkey have a tuft of coarse hair (modified feathers) at a center of the breast.
  • Male:

They have a large featherless reddish head, red throat, and red wattles on the throat and neck.

Male wild turkey birds have glossy bronze wings and long, dark, fan-shaped tail. The male is generally large than a female.

The males commonly have a bread. The average length of beards is 230 mm (9.1 in).

  • Female:

They have a duller brown and gray shades feather.

The 10 to 20% female wild turkey birds also have a bread. Generally, thinner and shorter than the male birds.

Pair of wild turkey bird photo

 Wild turkey   Specification 
Scientific name  Meleagris gallopavo
Native  North America
Length Male: 100–125 cm (39–49 in)
Female: 76 to 95 cm (30 to 37 in)
Weight    Male: 5 to 11 kg (11 to 24 lb)
 Female: 2.5–5.4 kg (5.5–11.9 lb)
Average weight  Male: 7.6 kg (17 lb)
 Female: 4.26 kg (9.4 lb)
Wingspan  1.25 to 1.44 m (4 ft 1 in to 4 ft 9 in)
Wing chord 20 to 21.4 cm (7.9 to 8.4 in)
Culmen(Beak) 2 to 3.2 cm (0.79 to 1.26 in) long
Tarsus 9.7 to 19.1 cm (3.8 to 7.5 in)
Tail 24.5 to 50.5 cm (9.6 to 19.9 in)

Wild turkey habitat

Wild turkeys prefer to habitat in hardwood, mixed conifer-hardwood forests, orchards,  seasonal marshes, and pastures.

They like to live in tree timber forest like red oak, beech, cherry, and white ash. They also live on farms,  plantations, near rivers and in cypress, swamps, and tupelo.

Wild turkey female eggs picture

Wild turkey food

They prefer to eating acorns, nuts, various trees( hazel, chestnut, hickory), pinyon pine, various seeds, berries (juniper, bearberry) roots, cow pastures, and insects.

Sometimes, Wild turkeys also eat amphibians and small reptiles( lizards and snakes).  These Wild turkeys are also popular for to eat a wide variety of grasses.

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Wild turkey eggs

Wild turkey eggs information Speciication 
Clutch Size 4–17 eggs
Egg Length 1.9–2.7 in
4.9–6.9 cm
Egg Width 1.6–1.9 in
4.1–4.7 cm
Incubation Period 25–31 days
Eggs Color Pale yellowish tan evenly marked with reddish brown or pinkish spots

Wild turkey chicks

The wild turkey chicks are also called as poults or turkeylings. The Males juvenile are known as jakes. It has a very short beard and his tail has the longer feathers in the middle.

How do wild turkeys nest?

Wild Turkeys create a nest on the ground by using dead leaves and other plant materials already present at the nest site.
They are like to create their nest at the bases of trees, open hayfields, under brush piles or thick shrubbery. This bird nest is approximately 1 inch deep, 8–11 inches wide, and 9–13 inches long.
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Wild turkey sounds

They can produce the many types of voice tones like “gobbles”, “clucks”, “putts”, “purrs”, “yelps”, “cutts“, “whines”, “cackles”, and “kee-kees”. The males turkey also Educe low-pitched “drumming” sound by movement of air in the air sack in the chest. 

Wild Turkey Birds Images

Wild turkey Pair images

Wild turkey flying photos

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