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Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
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Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

General Description: Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) are large, plump ground birds with a naked head. In males, the head, neck, and wattle may be red, and males have a "beard." Females are smaller and more drably colored with a blue-gray head. Turkeys can fly, but they prefer to walk on the ground.

Taxonomy: Galliformes, Phasianidae, Meleagridinae

Favored Habitat: Wild Turkeys probably prefer the eastern hardwood forest where they came from, but they have been widely introduced in the west in various habitats where they do well.

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for turkeys at Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Overton Wildlife Management Area, and the upper end of Zion Canyon (Zion National Park) between the lodge and Weeping Rock. Another good place to find Wild Turkey is Madera Canyon in southern Arizona.

Comments: Widely introduced throughout the western US.

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Turkeys foraging in an old field (Overton Wildlife Management Area)
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
Turkeys foraging in an old field (Overton Wildlife Management Area)
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Wild Turkeys at Phantom Ranch in the bottom of the Grand Canyon
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Turkey in southern Arizona
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Wild Turkey doing a quick threat assessment in West Texas
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Wild Turkey in West Texas
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Wild Turkey in West Texas
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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