wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 34 inches
Very large, small-headed, round-winged, long-tailed, ground-dwel- ling bird
Unfeathered bluish head and reddish throat
Dark breast, belly and upper back
Iridescent bronze and green wings
Dark, fan-shaped tail with brown or buff band at tip
Larger head with wattle at throat, caruncled forehead, and projection behind the bill
More iridescent plumage
Too large to be confused with any other bird.
Migration Status: Permanent resident
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 8-15
Length of Incubation: 27-28 days
Days to Fledge: 6-10
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Primarily plant matter; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August R
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February R
Crooked Run Valley