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|Species: Meleagris gallopavo
Male wild turkey are 46" long with a 64" wingspan. The females are slightly smaller.
Turkeys are dark brown and iridescent in color, and have a bare head.
Habitat & Range
Wild turkey live year-round in open forests across much of the United States, with the exception of western mountain ranges. Their range also reaches through much of northern Mexico.
Turkeys forage for nuts, seeds, insects, some vegetation, and even salamanders.
They will roost in trees at night.
Wild turkeys nest on the ground, laying up to 17 eggs in one clutch.
Featured image by James Dake.