Wild turkeys reproduce by mating with one another, which usually happens during early spring. Because of their polygynous mating system, it is not uncommon for male turkeys to find more than one female turkey to breed with. Male turkeys attract potential females by making a noise called "gobbling," which can be heard up to a mile away.
Male turkeys also attempt to impress females by putting on an act called "strutting." When strutting, male turkeys stroll around with puffed up feathers, tail fanned out, throat puffed out and with their wings dragging alongside them. Female turkeys lay their eggs in bowl-shaped nests dug into the dirt that are commonly below deep grass, vines or thick brush. A female turkey will lay between four and 17 eggs each year or once per season.Learn More
The natural diet of the wild turkey is omnivorous with the majority of it being plant matter, although the turkey also opportunistically eats insects and other small animals. Turkeys are foragers, and their diet changes with the location and season.Full Answer >
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, wild turkeys are able to swim. They pull their wings close to their bodies, spread out their tails and kick.Full Answer >
Wild turkeys are good fliers, but domesticated turkeys have no ability to fly. They have been bred to be heavy, and this prevents them from taking off and propelling themselves through the air.Full Answer >
Turkeys lay eggs. After mating season, which can arrive anywhere between February and April, turkeys nest near the ground in well-vegetated areas. They lay 10 to 12 eggs during a laying period, which, on average, amounts to laying one egg per day.Full Answer >