Wildlife Wednesday – Wild Turkey

Of course, we had to spotlight the Wild Turkey for today’s Wildlife Wednesday from your Ohio Division of Wildlife.
The wild turkey is Ohio’s largest upland game bird, standing three to four feet tall and weighing up to 24 pounds. It has a slim build, long neck, and nearly featherless head. The body feathers appear drab brown at a distance, but are actually iridescent when the bird appears in good light; this iridescence gives the bird its true coloration–bronze with hints of red, green, copper, and gold. The large tail is brown with a black band at the tip. Adult males (gobblers) have a reddish head, a long, tasseled “beard” that dangles from the breast, black-tipped breast feathers, and spurs on the legs. Female (hen) turkeys have a bluish head, usually no beard, buff-tipped breast feathers, and no spurs.
For more info on this upland bird, check out https://ohiodnr.gov/…/discove…/animals/birds/wild-turkey. #WildOhio
Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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