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The Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo

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The male Wild Turkey(shown above) known as "the gobbler"   puts on a spectacular display during the breeding period.He spreads his tail, swells out his wattels,and rattles his wings ,strutting and gobbling.They feed on the ground and roost in trees. They feed on insects,berries, and acorns.The hen nests in leaf lined hollow out spot on the ground.The hen incubates up to 20 eggs in a clutch alone.The Turkey is vary wary with keen eyesight and they are difficult to approach. They can fly very well for short distances but prefer to walk or run. The Wild Turkey population in southeast Georgia has made a Remarkable comeback over the past few years and now they can be found in most sections in decent numbers.

Wild Turkey Related Websites/Links:

Eastern wild Turkey- Virginia

Wild Turkey-UGA wildlife

National Wild Turkey Federation