Domestic Turkey

STATUSLeast Concern

COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Meleagris gallopavo domestic

DIETSeeds, grain, berries, wild grapes, crabapples, succulents, roots, and bulbs, snails, insects

RANGENative to the Americas, but now globally domesticated

HABITATPastures, swamps, and woodlands

Domestic Turkey

Habitat/Range: Domestic turkeys are raised throughout the temperate parts of the world. Their wild counterparts prefer hardwood and mixed conifer-hardwood forest with varied clearings such as pastures, fields, orchards and marshes. Turkeys are native to North America and were taken to Europe by the Spanish in the 1500’s.

Life Cycle/ Social Structure

Males are polygamous and mate with as many hens as are available. Male turkeys display for females by puffing out their feathers, spreading out their tails and dragging their wings, known as strutting. Males may be seen courting in groups, with the dominant male strutting and gobbling.

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