There are five types of wild turkeys in North America, but the Bronze turkey is not one of them. Instead, they are a product of crossing domestic turkeys from England with wild turkeys found in North American and get their name from the bronze sheen of their plumage.
Only male turkeys display their ruffled feathers, fanlike tail, bare head, and bright beard, though females will puff themselves up to imitate the males in dominance displays. They also gobble with a distinctive sound that can be heard a mile away.
Did you know?
Ben Franklin wanted a wild turkey to be the United States' national symbol instead of the bald eagle.
Common Name Wild Turkey
Scientific Name Meleagris gallopavo
Status Least Concern
Geographic Range North America
Life Span 3 - 4 Years
Offspring 4 - 17 Chicks