Wild Turkey

Meleagris Gallopavo

Wild turkeys live mainly in the eastern United States, parts of California, and northern Mexico. The domestic turkey was originally derived from the subspecies in Mexico. They feed on insects, small rodents, and many plants. They are an important prey species for coyotes, bobcats, foxes, weasels, skunks, snakes, hawks and owls.

Fun Facts


Class: Aves

Order: Galliformes

Family: Phasianidae

Genus: Meleagris

Species: M. Gallopavo


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