Nov. 2014: Eastern Wild Turkey



The Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is one of only two native North American bird species to have been domesticated.  European explorers captured several birds from the Mexican subspecies, took them back home and bred them into domesticity.  Returning settlers then brought the domesticated turkeys with them to America. Turkeys relegated to the barnyard have lost the natural wariness, speed, and agility of their wild cousins, which can be elusive birds to hunt or photograph.  Wild turkeys are among several species which reached the brink of extinction in the early 20th century, but which rebounded with proper management.  Wild turkeys can now be found throughout the United States and in every county in Tennessee.   The birds form large flocks in the fall and winter and forage together in forests and fields.

Use these links to learn more about the Eastern Wild Turkey:

Tennessee Watchable Wildlife

All About Birds

National Wild Turkey Federation


Posted by Cathy Justis at 11:39 AM