The Wild Turkey was once as populous as it is well known. Hunted to greatly diminished populations, conservation has helped the Wild Turkey make a decent comeback and while still consider somewhat rare, can be found throughout much of the United States.
The domestic (Thanksgiving dinner) Turkey is descended from the Mexican Wild Turkey and like that race has the upper tail-coverts and a white tipped tail. With the Wild Turkey, tips are brown or chestnut colored.
And of course, the Turkey call is as well known as the Turkey - gobble gobble!
Lacks the breast tuft and has little to no beard. The female is duller and smaller than her male counterpart.
The nest is on the ground with a dozen or more pale cream-color finely speckled with brown eggs laid in April.
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