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How fast can a spooked turkey run?

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Wild turkeys run up to 25 miles per hour, or fly at speeds of 35 to 55 miles per hour. Although they primarily walk, a startled turkey often takes flight to escape danger. Generally, domesticated birds are slower and heavier than wild ones, and are unable to fly.

Wild adult turkeys typically weigh 5 to 20 pounds, while domestic breeds are twice that weight. A turkey's natural diet is omnivorous, consisting of insects, plants, seeds, nuts and leftover grains like corn. They generally eat heavily prior to the onset of winter. The turkey, although a fast bird, is the prey of coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, hawks and owls. They typically roost in trees at night to avoid ground predators, but must still contend with avian ones.

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