While an adult Wild Turkey’s face isn’t very appealing, I think these youngsters are kinda cute. And though their faces are pretty plain, their feathers improve their appearance.
Once widely found in North America, their populations were severely reduced by the early 1900′s by both hunting and because the forests that were their favorite habitat were cut down to make room for farm fields. They are again found in many areas where they had disappeared, plus areas where they had never been seen before, as a result of reintroduction efforts by wildlife agencies. They are currently found throughout most of the eastern and midwest U.S. but only in some parts of the west and only a few areas in Canada.
Since males do not take part in raising his offspring we know that the parent birds above are moms.
I imagine many are aware that the Wild Turkey was almost the national bird of the United States instead of the Bald Eagle. Benjamin Franklin was upset that Congress declared the Bald Eagle as the national bird as it thought it was “a Bird of bad moral Character.”
Did you know that Wild Turkeys roost in tall trees?
Do you have Wild Turkeys in your area?