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Wild Turkey - (Meleagris gallopavo) 



  • Large dark bird with iridescent feathers,
         long bare legs
  • Male's head and neck bare with bluish
    color, red wattles, feather tuft hanging 
         from breast ("beard")
  • Female duller coloring and smaller
  • 37-46" (94-117 cm.) 


  • Deciduous woodland,
  • Forages in agricultural fields

Additional Information

  • Abundant permanent resident
  • Extirpated in Wisconsin in 1800's,
    restoration began in 1976
  • Male struts, fans tail, and gobbles in
         courtship display
  • Spends most of daytime on the ground,
    roosts in trees

Male Wild Turkey in courtship display

Female Wild Turkey in woodland

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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