Wild Turkey

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Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopava
The turkey was so popular to hunt and eat in the 1800s that its population plummeted and it actually disappeared from Ohio by 1904. Fortunately, reintroduction and reforestation efforts have helped the wild turkey recover. Turkeys can be found in mature forest, feeding on ground by day and roosting in the trees at night.
Fact file:

Length: 4 ft

Weight: 7 to 24 lbs

Wingspan: 3.5 to 4.5 ft

Lifespan: 5 to 8 yrs

Habitat: Forest and forest edges

Diet: Insects, grasses, leaves, seeds, nuts, fruits, and roots.

Current Range: North America