Wild Turkeys usually get around by walking or running, but they can fly strongly, and they typically roost overnight in tall trees.
The average turkey has 35,000 feathers.
The biggest turkey to date was a 75-pounder, raised by the Jerome Foods Co. in 1967.
There are 125 times as many Wild Turkeys out there in the woods today as there were in 1940.
Ninety-four percent of the hunters who go out to shoot wild turkeys come back without wild turkeys.
When such things were being decided, Benjamin Franklin proposed that the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) be named the national bird of the newly formed United States. As you know, the bald eagle won instead.
More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.
Although today’s barnyard varietyturkey is a rather stupid creature (leading to the insulting tone of the term “turkey”), the original wild form is a wary and magnificent bird.
The Wild Turkey is found in the Eastern and southwestern United States to Mexico. It can be found in woods, mountain forests,and wooded swamps of this area. They are often found near some kind of oak as acorns are a favorite food.
The Wild Turkey is omnivorous. Its diet varies with season but is mostly plant material, including many acorns, leaves, seeds, grains, berries, buds, grass blades, roots, and bulbs. It also eats insects, spiders, snails, and sometimes frogs, lizards, snakes, salamanders, and crabs.
Their numbersWild Turkey numbers were seriously depleted by beginning of 20th century. Since then, re-introduction programs have been successful and the Wild Turkey has been restored to much of its former range. Apparently the wild turkey is still increasing in many regions.
Male Wild Turkey
Pair of Wild Turkeys
Female Wild Turkey
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