Wild Turkey

Have you seen a live turkey walking around in the forest?

Wild Turkey Colored Page
Wild Turkey Colored Page

Ryan, our dog has! Ryan frequently finds Wild Turkies when he’s training in Cuyamaca State Park. In the Spring you can frequently see a hen, or mother turkey, and poults, or young turkeys walking in a line together. He never chases them but he does like sniff them out and watch them walk by.

“Turkeys have many vocalizations: “gobbles”, “clucks”, “putts”, “purrs”, “yelps”, “cutts”, “whines”, “cackles”, and “kee-kees”. In early spring, males older than a year old (sometimes called gobblers or toms) and, occasionally to a lesser extent, males younger than a year old (sometimes called “jakes”) gobble to announce their presence to females and competing males. The gobble of a wild turkey can be heard up to a mile away. ” Expedia

Kids Activities: Coloring pages for Thanksgiving.
Kids Activities: Coloring pages for Thanksgiving.

Get the California Ground Squirrel Coloring page along with a few other local creatures. And have fun coloring and learning.

San Diego Creature Wild Turkey Stats

Common Name: Wild Turkey

Latin Name: Meleagris gallopavo

Description: As adults they generally have blackish and dark body feathers. Adult males have a large, featherless, reddish head, red throat, and red wattles on the throat and neck.

Size:  Males end up being about 39–49 in (100–125 cm) long

Weight:  Adult males can be 11 to 24 lb (5 to 11 kg) 

Habitat: Wild turkeys prefer hardwood and mixed conifer-hardwood forests with scattered openings such as pastures, fields, orchards and seasonal marshes.

Status: Least Concern

Scientific Classification

Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Meleagris
Species: M. gallopavo

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, California State Parks  (Retrieved 13NOV2020)
iNaturalist: Wild Turkey (Retrieved 13NOV2020)

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