Birds of St. Charles County, MO
Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey
Meleagris gallopavo

Size: 36-48"

Male: (Shown) Large, plump brown and bronze bird with striking blue and red bare head. Fan tail and long, straight black beard in center of chest. Spurs on legs.

Female: Thinner and less striking than male, usually lacking beard.

Juvenile: Same as adult of the same sex.

Nest: Female builds ground nest. One brood per year.

Eggs: 10-12; buff white with dull brown markings

Incubation: 27-28 days; female incubates

Fledging: 6-10 days; female leads young to food

Migration: The Wild Turkey can be found in St. Charles County year round.

Food: Insects, seeds, and fruit.

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