Wild Turkey

Wild

Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo 

 

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DESCRIPTION

My scientific name leads to confusion, “Meleagris” means Guineafowl and “gallopavo” stands for peafowl. But I’m not at all a mix of the two! Nor am I the turkey that you feast on at Christmas or Thanksgiving. I am a wild bird, not a farm animal.

I am an impressive winged creature and despite my imposing stature, I remain difficult to observe in the wild. I mostly move along the ground to forage. I am well equipped to walk and run and I can reach speeds of 19km/h when I run. Contrary to popular belief, I can fly very well, but generally at low altitudes and over short distances. In any case I don’t fly much, preferring my feet to my wings. To best protect myself I spend my nights perched in trees.

In the 17th century, we numbered in the millions on the continent. Excessive hunting and deforestation have led to my complete disappearance in Canada. I am starting to reappear as American Wild Turkeys have spread northward across the border to once again colonize the forests of Ontario and Southern Quebec.

Location

Wild Turkey

Caracteristics

dimension

Length 91 - 122 cm
Weight M : 6,1 - 10,8 kg
F : 3,2 - 6,5 kg
Wing span 122 - 152 cm

Lifespan

Record of 12 years 6 months in the wild

Habitat

Mature deciduous forests, cultivated fields

Diet

Grains, fruits, leaves, insects, fronds and buds

Reproduction

1 brood per year; 7 to 18 eggs; 25 to 31 days incubation; polygamous, couple lasts during mating time

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