Photo Study Of Wild Turkeys At Peace Valley Park (Bucks County), October 2nd, 2011

    Thanksgiving is a very big holiday in our family. So spotting a small group of Wild Turkeys at Peace Valley Park yesterday was a very pleasant
    reminder.
There were ten young males and two females foraging in a field next to the Creek Road Maintenance Center. In any event, here are
    some of the photos:


Strutting Tom Turkeys

Hen Turkey

Young Tom Turkey

Portrait Of A Young Tom Turkey

And here is a photo taken last Spring in the same area of Peace Vally Park of a displaying Tom Turkey:

 
 

  The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is native to North America and the heaviest member of the Galliformes. Adult Wild Turkeys have long
  reddish-yellow to grayish-green legs and a black body. Males, called Toms or Gobblers, have a large, featherless, reddish head, red throat, and
  red wattles on the throat and neck. The head has fleshy growths called caruncles. When males are excited, a fleshy flap on the bill expands, and
  this, the wattles and the bare skin of the head and neck all become engorged with blood, almost concealing the eyes and bill. The long fleshy
  object over a male's beak is called a snood. When a male turkey is excited, its head turns blue; when ready to fight, it turns red. Each foot has
  three toes and there is a spur behind each of their lower legs. Turkeys have a long, dark, fan-shaped tail and glossy bronze wings. As with many
  species of the Galliformes, turkeys exhibit strong sexual dimorphism. The male is substantially larger than the female, and his feathers have areas
  of red, green, purple, copper, bronze, and gold iridescence. Females, called hens, have feathers that are duller overall, in shades of brown and
  gray. Turkeys have 5000 to 6000 feathers. Males typically have a "beard", a tuft of coarse hair-like feathers growing from the center of the
  breast. Beards average 9 inches in length. The adult male normally weighs 1124 pounds and measures 39 to 49 inches. The adult female is
  typically much smaller at 6.5 to 12 lbs and is 30 to 37 inches long. The wingspan ranges from 49 to 57 inches.
Wild Turkeys are omnivorous and
  
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hey prefer eating hard mast such as the acorns and nuts of trees, including hazel, chestnut, hickory and pinyon pine. Their diet includes various
  seeds, berries and cones of juniper and bearberry, as well as roots and insects. Turkeys occasionally consume amphibians and small reptiles such
  as lizards and snakes. Turkeys are also known to eat a wide variety of grasses.
(Cornell BNA; Wikipedia; Sibley Guide To Birds)

       To see a larger image of any of the photos below, please click on either the thumbnail or caption...thanks!

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Tom Turkey 1

Tom Turkey 2

Tom Turkey 3

Tom Turkey 4

Tom Turkey 5

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Tom Turkey 6

Tom Turkey 7

Hen Turkey

Tom Turkey 8

Tom Turkey 9

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