Wild Turkey – Reflections of the Pure World

Meleagris gallopavo

By Jim Acquire

Study 100 Widespread Valley Birds is a photograph weblog collection highlighting the 100 most typical Valley chicken species.

Submit #14 within the Study 100 Widespread Valley Birds collection. (Species 19/100.)


The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is the heaviest upland floor chicken native to North America. It’s the ancestor to the home turkey, which was initially derived from a southern Mexican subspecies of untamed turkey. With the inhabitants steadily growing over the previous decade, Wild Turkey is an Unusual to Pretty Widespread Resident with increased numbers discovered within the foothills than on the valley ground.


There’s a great probability the Pilgrims and Wampanoag did in reality eat turkey as a part of that very first Thanksgiving. Wild turkey was a standard meals supply for individuals who settled Plymouth. Within the days previous to the celebration, the colony’s governor despatched 4 males to go “fowling”—that’s, to hunt for birds. Did they arrive again with any turkey? We don’t know for certain, however most likely. On the very least, we all know there was loads of meat, for the reason that native Wampanoag individuals who celebrated with the Pilgrims added 5 deer to the menu. (First Thanksgiving Meal)


The Wild Turkey will not be native to the Central Valley of California. It was launched from the Fifties via the tip of the 20 th century by the California Fish and Recreation Fee (now the California Division of Fish and Wildlife  Fish & Wildlife imported hundreds of non-native Rio Grande wild turkeys to California, releasing them in over 200 areas all through the state. The turkeys rapidly tailored and might now be discovered dwelling all over the place from oak savannas to the suburbs.

A few native spots to seek out Wild Turkeys can be Henderson Park in Merced County, within the higher foothills of Del Puerto Canyon in Stanislaus County and the Mokelumne River Day Use Space in San Joaquin County.


Along with the Wild Turkey, the one different member of the Meleagris genus on this planet is the Ocellated Turkey of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Wild Turkey | Ocellated Turkey (Calakmul Ruins, Campeche)


When they should, Turkeys can swim by tucking their wings in shut, spreading their tails, and kicking.

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