Mother with 12 chicks
photo by C. VanDeVeer
Mating season for wild turkeys
2 toms, 3 hens
Was not expecting to see a turkey crossing the road here.
Wild turkey near Eastlake 2, Thornton, CO
1 in field.
The turkey is a large bird in the Meleagris genus, which is native to the Americas. One species, Meleagris gallopavo (commonly known as the Wild Turkey), is native to the forests of North America. The domestic turkey is a descendant of this species. The other living species is Meleagris ocellata or the Ocellated Turkey, native to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula.