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Wild turkeyBinomial name-meleagris gallopavo

Wild turkeyKingdom-AnimaliaPhylum-ChordataClass-AvesOrder-GalliformesFamily-PhasianidaeGenus-MelagrisSpecies-M.gallopavo


Wild turkeys have many vocalazations including "gobbles","clucks","putts","purrs","yelps","cutts","whines","cackles" and "kee-kees".

Predetors of wild turkeys eggs and nestlings are racoons,virginia possums,striped skunks,gray foxes,raptors,groundhogs,other rodents,spotted skunks and snakes including rat snakes,gopher snakes and pinesnakes.predetors of both adult and young include cyotes,bobcats,cougers,eagles and (with the exception of adult males) Great horned eagles,domestic dogs and red foxes.

Despite their weight,wild turkeys,unlike their domestic counterparts,are algie fliers.In ideal habitat of open woodland or wooden grasslands,they may fly beneeth the conopy too and find perches they usally fly close to the ground for no more than a quarter of a mile(400 m)

What they eat-Wild turkeys prefer eating hard mast such as acorns,nuts and various trees including hazel,chestnut,hickory and pinyoh pines as well as various seeds,berrces such as juniper and bearberry,roots and insects.

what adult wild turkeys look like-They have long reddish-yellow to grayish-greenish legs.The body feathers are generally blackish and dark brown overall with a coppery sheen that becomes more complex in adult males.

where they live-Wild turkeys prefer hardwood and mixed conifer-hardwood forests with scattered openings such as pastures,feilds,orchards and seasonal marshes.

When mating is finished,females search for nest sites.Nest areshallow dirtdepressions engulfed with woody vegetatio.Hens lay a clutch of 10-14 eggs,usally one per day.The eggs are incubated for at least 28 day.The poults are precocialand nidifugous,leaving the nest in about 12-24 hours.


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