Turkey family (Phasianidae)
A large bird. Body is dark brown, head and neck are bare. Male is larger and more iridescent than female and has a tuft of hairlike feathers (“beard”) on breast.
Forest, forest edges
Nest is placed in a slight depression on the ground, usually at the base of a tree or under a shrub. Eggs are large, whitish buff with brown marks. Young are precocial, leave nest soon after hatching, begin flying at 2 weeks of age.
“Gobble gobble gobble” given by males during breeding season.
The genus name Meleagris is from the Latin for "guinea fowl." The species name gallopavo is from the Latin for "cock" and "peafowl."
In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident. Wild Turkeys are common in the deep woods of the Nature Park.