Wild Turkey

life_in_maine_wild_turkey_1Wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, usually don’t approach the house so close as they can detect our Newfoundland Hikari. This animal was visiting our bird feeders. For such a large bird, it is amazing how fast they can disappear into the forest. Their plumage is like an invisibility cloak, even with their blue and red heads

life_in_maine_wild_turkey_2This turkey was alone. A little earlier in the year, the males, called Toms, flock in larger groups. We usually see pairs or small groups of these birds. This is a female, while growing to 36″ or 91 cm, is a foot or 25 cm shorter than the males. Hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century, the wild turkey population is growing in Maine. Unfortunately, while a great runner, it does not fly very well and many are killed on the roads. Click on the images for a larger view.