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Wild Turkey – Reflections of the Pure World

Meleagris gallopavo

By Jim Achieve

Be taught 100 Widespread Valley Birds is a photograph weblog collection highlighting the 100 commonest Valley hen species.

Put up #14 within the Be taught 100 Widespread Valley Birds collection. (Species 19/100.)


The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is the heaviest upland floor hen 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 larger numbers discovered within the foothills than on the valley ground.


There’s an excellent probability the Pilgrims and Wampanoag did in truth eat turkey as a part of that very first Thanksgiving. Wild turkey was a typical 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 positive, however in all probability. On the very least, we all know there was loads of meat, because the native Wampanoag individuals who celebrated with the Pilgrims added 5 deer to the menu. (First Thanksgiving Meal)


The Wild Turkey shouldn’t be native to the Central Valley of California. It was launched from the Nineteen Fifties by means of the tip of the 20th 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 places all through the state. The turkeys rapidly tailored and may now be discovered dwelling in every single place from oak savannas to the suburbs.

A few native spots to search out Wild Turkeys could 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 the 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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