The easiest way to tell male and female turkeys apart is by looking at their feathers. Female turkeys (hens) have brown or gray feathers, while male turkeys (gobblers) have brightly colored feathers. If one can only see the head of a turkey, they should see a nearly featherless head on the male and a slightly feathered head on the female.Know More
The appearance of a female turkey is based on this bird's need to be camouflaged. Their drably colored feathers make it easy for them to hide while nesting. Males, in contrast, have red, green, and gold feathers so that they can be noticed by the females for mating.
Both female and male turkeys have tails that are 12 to 15 inches long, but only male turkeys fan their tails. They also do this while trying to attract a mate. Both sexes have reddish-orange legs and feet, but male turkeys have spurs near the base of their legs. Used to establish their dominance, spurs can be up to 2 inches long.
If one sees a beard on a turkey, it indicates that the turkey is probably a male — about 10 to 20 percent of female turkeys also grow beards. Regardless of whether the turkey is male or female, the beard can be up to 18 inches long with an average length of nine inches.Learn more about Birds
A male turkey is often called a "tom" turkey, because tom is used to refer to the male of many animal species. Calling a male animal a "tom" is most often used when referring to turkeys and cats.Full Answer >
Male budgies have a blue- or purplish-colored cere at the top of their beaks, while females have a highly textured brown, white or tan cere. It is more difficult to tell the difference between male and female pastel budgies, which tend to be light colored all over.Full Answer >
A female Muscovy duck is considerably smaller than a male and has fewer, if any, caruncles on its face or at the base of its bill. Caruncles are the fleshy, red, warty bumps found mostly on males.Full Answer >
With some some finches, it is easy to distinguish between male and female based simply on appearance. With others, it's necessary to look more closely and consider behavior. One thing is for certain — if a finch lays an egg, it is not male.Full Answer >