Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Sections

Multimedia

Powered by Macaulay Library and eBird

Photos from this Account

Male

Very large game bird. Displaying males look almost spherical, with naked, red-and-blue head and fanned tail.

Female

Very large game bird with long neck and legs. Females are dark brown overall with even darker barring.

Female

Often roosts in trees. These heavy birds fly short distances to take cover. Takes flight with a flurry of loud, labored wingbeats.

Male

Male has a relatively small, bare head with blue skin and red wattles.

Female

Very large game bird. Females have bare skin on the head and are dark brown overall, with a coppery sheen to the rump and tail. When open, the wings show white barring.

Juvenile

Juveniles can leave the nest upon hatching, but mothers care for their young into the first fall.

Habitat

Occurs in woods mixed with open country; often forages by scratching in leaf litter. Females and adult males typically form separate flocks; female flocks can be up to 30 in summer, larger in winter.

Recommended Citation

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/wiltur