Wild Turkey

(Meleagris gallopavo)

Most North American kids learn turkey identification early, by tracing outlines of their hands to make Thanksgiving cards. These big, spectacular birds are an increasingly common sight the rest of the year, too, as flocks stride around woods and clearings like miniature dinosaurs. Courting males puff themselves into feathery balls and fill the air with exuberant gobbling. The Wild Turkey’s popularity at the table led to a drastic decline in numbers, but they have recovered and now occur in every state except Alaska.

The Wild Turkey and the Muscovy Duck are the only two domesticated birds native to the New World.

Information from the All About Birds website, www.allaboutbirds.org, © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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