Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
While writing up new species for the project I glanced up from my computer to see this Wild Turkey casually strolling down the road before crossing over and heading through a neighbour’s garden in the direction of the cemetary. Unexpected. This specimen is a female.
Wild Turkeys live in mature forests, particularly nut trees such as oak, hickory, or beech, interspersed with edges and fields. You may also see them along roads and in woodsy backyards.
Wild Turkeys eat plant matter that they forage for in flocks, mostly on the ground but sometimes climbing into shrubs or low trees for fruits. They get around mostly by walking, though they can also run and fly—when threatened, females tend to fly while males tend to run. At sundown turkeys fly into the lower limbs of trees and move upward from limb to limb to a high roost spot. They usually roost in flocks, but sometimes individually.