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About the Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey is the heaviest member of the Galliformes, and is one of two species of turkey (the other is the Ocellated Turkey, found in Central and South America).

They are omnivorous, foraging on the ground or climbing shrubs and small trees to feed. They prefer eating hard mast such as acorns and nuts of various trees, including hazel, chestnut, and hickory, various seeds, berries, roots and insects.

Turkey populations can reach large numbers in small areas because of their ability to forage for different types of food. Early morning and late afternoon are the desired times for eating.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 15 September 2006
Scientific Name Meleagris gallopavo
  • Galliformes
  • Phasianidae
  • Meleagris
  • M. gallopavo
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
39 to 49 inches
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 火鸡 (Chinese)
  • Krocan Divoký (Czech)
  • Kalkun (Danish)
  • Kalkoen (Dutch)
  • Kalkkuna (Finnish)
  • Dindon Sauvage (French)
  • Truthuhn (German)
  • Tacchino Comune (Italian)
  • シチメンチョウ (Shichimenchou) (Japanese)
  • Kalkun (Norwegian)
  • Indyk (Polish)
  • дикая индейка (Russian)
  • Pavo Salvaje (Spanish)
  • Kalkon (Swedish)

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