Wild Turkey male displaying

The Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is native to North America and is the heaviest member of the Galliformes. The adult male normally weighs from 11-24 lbs and measures 39-49 in. The wingspan ranges from 49-57 in. Males are polygamous, so they form territories that may have as many as 5 hens within them. Male Wild Turkeys display for females by puffing out their feathers, spreading out their tails and dragging their wings. This behavior is most commonly referred to as strutting. Their heads and necks are colored brilliantly with red, blue and white.

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Taken on March 23, 2009
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