Last Look: November 2019
5 Wild Facts About Wild Turkeys:
- Turkey droppings tell a bird’s sex and age. Male droppings are j-shaped; female droppings are spiral-shaped. The larger the diameter, the older the bird.
- An adult turkey has 5,000-6,000 feathers—count them!
- Enough with gobble, gobble; turkeys also cluck and purr.
- Young turkeys—called poults—scarf down insects like candy. Poults develop more of a taste for plants after they’re four weeks old.
- Move over, American bald eagle. Ben Franklin called the wild turkey a “bird of courage” and thought it would make a better national symbol.
Photo by Leslie Wells Photography