Sunday, November 09, 2008

Wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Wild turkey Meleagris gallopavoDimus, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. This applies worldwide. In case this is not legally possible: I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.
Wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo Identification Tips:

* Length: 34 inches
* Very large, small-headed, round-winged, long-tailed, ground-dwelling bird
* Unfeathered bluish head and reddish throat
* Dark breast, belly and upper back
* Iridescent bronze and green wings
* Barred primaries
* Dark, fan-shaped tail with brown or buff band at tip

Adult male:

* Larger head with wattle at throat, caruncled forehead, and projection behind the bill
* More iridescent plumage

Similar species:

Too large to be confused with any other bird.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

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