Turkey Day – Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys!

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Thanksgiving is on the way.

It is almost Thanksgiving or turkey day as I like to think of it.  Here are some fun facts about wild turkeys.

Most Americans like to celebrate Thanksgiving by having a nice meal with the family.  That meal almost always includes a nice, tasty turkey.  Did you know that there are now wild turkeys in most states, including the Rocky Mountain states?

About Wild Turkeys

They are large, plump bird with a small head at the top of a long neck.  They tend to live in forests, but also near the edges of fields and meadows.

Wild Turkeys In The Past and Today

They are native to North America.  In the 1500s European explorers brought them back to Europe from Mexico.  Since that time they have been very popular to eat.

Even though people sill eat a lot of turkey these days, the majority of those are birds that were raised for that purpose as opposed to wild ones.  Between 1966 and 2014 the wild turkey populations increased sharply.  Now there are wild ones in all US States except for Alaska.

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A male turkey, strutting his stuff.

Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys

They spend most of their time during the daytime on the ground searching for food.  But, at night they fly up into trees and roost in groups.

In the spring, males puff themselves into balls and gobble away in order to attract a female.

turkey, birdWhen babies are born the father provides no help.  Rather, the babies follow the mother around while she feeds them for the first few days before they learn to feed on their own.

They look on the ground for food, such as plant matter, seed, nuts, and berries.

They mostly walk, but they can fly.  When they are threatened, the females tend to fly and the males tend to run away.