Rio Grande Turkey Hatching Eggs


The Rio Grande wild turkeys originate from Texas, Kansas and parts of Mexico. They are characterized by having tail feathers and are usually copper colored with tones of brown, and blue feathers.

Although they can grow to 4 feet long, they are usually slightly smaller than Eastern Wild Turkeys.

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Rio Grande Turkey


A native to the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and northern Mexico the Rio Grande Turkey thrives especially in semi-arid areas. The bird received its name from the Rio Grande River which flows through the southern Great Plains and in the northeast of Mexico, the prime habitat of the bird. The bird was first identified as a subspecies in 1879 by George B Sennett. He described the Rio Grande Turkey as an intermediate of the eastern and the western subspecies.

The birds were quite abundant across its entire range but then started to rapidly decrease in numbers. Excessive, uncontrolled hunting and massive destruction of its habitat had caused this large scale depletion of its numbers. But after 1920 several schemes and programs were put in place to increase the number of these birds and since then its population has seen a slow but steady increase. Today the bird exists almost in all of its ancestral range.

Features

The Rio Grande Turkey is slightly smaller than the Eastern Turkey. But a fully grown bird will still stand 4 ft tall, which makes it one of the larger birds. The body of the bird has the color of copper but looks slightly pale. It has tail feathers and rump covets that end in a yellow colored buff. The females of the species will have pinkish buff on its breast and flanks.

The birds have been heard to make over a score of different calls. Because of its size the turkey does not fly long distances but it can flap and glide often attaining high speeds of 50 miles per hour. They can glide in the air for a bout a mile at a stretch. These birds are swift runners as well and can run at speeds of 15-18 miles per hour.

Habitat

Originally found in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and northern Mexico, the bird ahs now expanded its range. Today the bird can be seen in OREGON, Nevada, Washington, Utah, Wyoming, California and South Dakota. These are the states where the bird has been introduced later.

The Rio Grande Turkey most prefers to stay in brushy areas that are close to rivers or streams. They may also be found in pine and scrub oak forests. Unlike other turkeys, the bird prefers to stay in open countryside than inside thick forests and can even survive at very high altitudes.

The bird can be nomadic in certain areas where they seem to change their habitat depending on the season. They will have separate ranges for summers and winters. They are not necessarily migratory birds and will not move long distances. The shift in the range is mainly because they need new source of food. They have been found to form huge flocks during winters. Sometimes these flocks will include over a hundred birds. For nesting they will travel more than 10 miles from its original winter range. Since their habitat is mostly barren without many trees they are often found to roost under the same tree.