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Last Look: November 2019

5 Wild Facts About Wild Turkeys:

  1. 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.  
  2. An adult turkey has 5,000-6,000 feathers—count them!
  3. Enough with gobble, gobble; turkeys also cluck and purr.
  4. Young turkeys—called poults—scarf down insects like candy. Poults develop more of a taste for plants after they’re four weeks old.
  5. Move over, American bald eagle. Ben Franklin called the wild turkey a “bird of courage” and thought it would make a better national symbol.
Compiled by Susan Morse/USFWS; reprinted with permission from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Photo by Leslie Wells Photography