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Wild Turkey

Scientific name: Meleagris gallopavo

As a large and tasty game bird, the Wild Turkey was at one time overhunted, and much of its habitat was lost. It became quite rare for a time, but better regulation of hunting, better habitat management, and extensive reintroduction efforts have combined to make the Wild Turkey abundant today, even in areas where it was not historically common.

Wild Turkeys are very social, and during winter can gather in flocks numbering into the hundreds of birds. They have excellent hearing and eyesight, and generally prefer to run from danger rather than fly. Wild Turkeys have large clutches and high annual mortality rates, although a few wild birds are known to have lived more than ten years.