Eastern Turkey Hatching Eggs


Eastern Wild Turkeys have a small head and long body, and are similar to their domesticated counterparts. Their feathers glow a variety of different colors in the sunlight including - copper, green, mahogany and blue tones.

These eggs usually have a high birth success rate and Eastern Turkeys can grow up to 4 feet in length.

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Eastern Turkeys


A native of North America the Eastern Turkey, also known as the Wild Turkey, belongs to the Galliformes species of turkey , one of the two species of turkey. The other species of turkey is known as the Ocellated Turkey. These are to be found in Central America. The Eastern Turkey is most heavy of the Galliformes Turkey.

Features

Adult males, also known as Toms, generally weigh anything between 18 and 24 lbs. Sometimes they can weigh more. Females have an average body weight of 10 lbs. The birdís plumage is iridescent bronze. The difference between males and females is that males have a slightly darker plumage while females have light brown tips. Their wings and tail have alternating dark bands. The male and female species of the bird can be distinguished by even looking at their heads. Males have a reddish neck and head while the heads of females are bluish and have extra feathers.

There are other features as well which can help one to distinguish between males and females. A male would have caruncles, which are growths around the side of the neck and a snood, which is a projection of flesh right above the bill. The males also have a beard and a dewlap Ė a fleshy growth under the chin.

Habitat

The birdsí main habitat ranges from central Mexico to the north of Canada. They are non-migratory birds and spend their lives at one place. However, the bird population came under great threat due to large scale destruction of their habitats and uncontrolled gaming and hunting with no effort to keep the number of birds at a certain minimum level. It is only in recent times that extra effort has been put in to breed these birds.

Behavior

The Eastern Turkey likes to forage on the ground. They also roam around in flocks mostly staying at ground level. However, at times they are seen to mount shrubs and small trees. Their main food sources are acorn, ash seeds, beechnuts and cherries. They also feed on grass and insects. Other things that are a part of their staple include alfalfa, buckwheat, corn, oats, rye, soybeans, and millet. Although these birds eat insects but that is limited to about 10 percent of their diet.

The main mating ritual of Eastern Turkey is to gobble. They use the same technique to fend off competing males. Both males and females make a variety of noises which include cackles, clucks gobbles, purrs, rattles and yelp. Easter Turkeys are by nature polygamous. Adult males will use a variety of techniques to gather a number of females. These would include dramatic display of the plumage and strutting apart from the regular gobbling. April is the month of mating while they nest during the following month. Their nests are made on the ground. They used dead leaves to line the nest.

The hens can breed when they are one year old but the young one year old males cannot mate as they mostly lose out to more mature males. After mating a hen would lay around 8 to 15 eggs in a clutch. The incubation period generally lasts for 28 days.