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Thursday, November 22, 2007

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On this Thanksgiving, I give you the Wild Turkey.

Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo – also known as Dindon sauvage (French), Kalkoen (Dutch), Truthuhn (German), Tacchino (Italian), Guajolote Gallipavo (Spanish).

Wild Turkeys are absolutely everywhere in Iowa. They are especially easy to spot this time of year. If you drive on the Interstate for more than just a few minutes there is a good chance you’ll spot a group of them out in the fields foraging. You can also find them wandering around state parks. The two photos above were taken at Scott County Park.

Residents of Iowa year-round. Males and females look similarly, but the male has a completely bald head that often looks blue, while the female has some brown feathers on her head. The bottom photo is of two males.

Of course, a post about Turkeys on Thanksgiving would be incomplete without a brief discussion about their history in the US:

The Wild Turkey was a very important food animal to Native Americans, but it was eliminated from much of its range by the early 1900s. Introduction programs have successfully established it in most of its original range, and even into areas where it never occurred before.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Photos taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens at Scott County Park, Davenport, Iowa. Top photo taken March 4, 2007. Bottom photo taken September 29, 2007.

Related posts:

  1. Wild Turkey Tracks in Snow
  2. Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor)
  3. Turkey Vulture
  4. Photo Hunt – Creative – Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  5. Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Iowa at 1:00 pm

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6 Responses to “Wild Turkey”
  1. 1
    Mar Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!! great shots as always.

  2. 2
    mon@rch Says:

    Perfect bird for a perfect holiday! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  3. 3
    ktollenaere Says:

    Great photos! Our grandson wanted to see a turkey yesterday… but they were too elusive.

  4. 4
    the Birdfreak Team Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love Wild Turkey, they are quite easy to find around here also!

    Good birding to you!

  5. 5
    Iowa Gardening Woman Says:

    Wild turkeys are every where in Iowa now, I remember how thrilled I was the first time I saw them, they are in town, in the country everywhere :).

  6. 6
    farmingfriends Says:

    Great photos and a very interesting post. I like seeing wild birds.
    Sara from farmingfriends

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