Eastern wild turkeys are an upland ground bird native to North America, the heaviest member of gamefowl or gamebirds.
Heavy ground eating bird reddish-yellow to grayish-green legs with blackish and dark, sometimes grey brown body feathers
39 to 49 inches in length
11 to 24 pounds
reddish-yellow to grayish-green legs with blackish and dark, sometimes grey brown body feathers
Eastern wild turkeys gobble, cluck, purr, yelp, whine, along with many other calls
Eastern wild turkeys breed from March to June with hens nesting between mid-April and mid-June. Hens lay one egg per day, for an average of 10 eggs. Eggs are incubated for 28 days.
Eastern wild turkeys eat green foliage, insects, seeds from grasses, acorns, and nuts.
Eastern wild turkeys require a variety of forested and open grasslands. Open grasslands are necessary for courtship in addition to providing the necessary seeds and insects. Forested areas provide soft cover.
Eastern wild turkeys have bald heads that can change color (red, pink, white, or blue) in seconds with excitement and emotion.