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.
- Turkeys can swim when they need to! They tuck their wings in close, spread their tails, and kicking.
- The Wild Turkey and the Muscovy Duck are the only two domesticated birds native to the “New World.”
- Turkeys usually get around by walking or running, but they can fly strongly and typically roost overnight.
- There are only two species – ours in North America, and the Ocellated Turkey in Central America.
Species: M. Gallopavo
Wild turkeys prefer hardwood and mixed conifer-hardwood forests with scattered openings such as pastures, fields, orchards and seasonal marshes.