A jake is a young male wild turkey that can be distinguished from an adult, or tom, by the length of its middle tail feathers. The adult males will have tail feathers that are all the same length, while the younger males will have noticeably longer feathers in the middle. The adult males also have a much longer beard, which is the cluster of hair-like feathers growing from the center of its breast.Know More
Adult male wild turkeys are also called gobblers because of the distinctive sound they make to announce their presence to females, or hens, in early spring. The gobble sound can carry up to a mile. Hens can produce the gobble sound also but do so rarely. Jakes will often yelp in a manner similar to hens.
Adult males may attempt to fight a predator if cornered. Some of the larger toms can display an especially aggressive behavior in self-defense that may deter even mid-sized predatory mammals. A male wild turkey's head turns blue when excited, and will become red when it is ready to fight. Turkeys can, on occasion, become aggressive towards humans. Attacks and minor injuries can be avoided by giving wild turkeys a suitable amount of space and leaving their natural habitats undisturbed.Learn more about Birds
A female turkey is called a hen, while a male turkey is referred to as a tom or a gobbler. A baby turkey is called a poult.Full Answer >
A male wild turkey weighs between 16 and 24 pounds when fully grown, while an adult female wild turkey weighs 8 to 10 pounds. Raised on farms for human consumption, domestic turkeys range in size from 5 pounds to more than 40 pounds.Full Answer >
Wild turkeys can fly at speeds up to 55 miles per hour, according to the National Wild Turkey Federation. Turkeys are also fast runners and have been clocked at speeds up to 25 miles per hour.Full Answer >
Wild turkeys are able to reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Despite their large size, turkeys can fly up to a mile at a time. The maximum flight speed is 55 mph. These activities are much easier for them when the sun is out because turkeys have excellent eyesight in daylight hours but poor night vision.Full Answer >