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Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo
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.

Name Origin:

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.