Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Eastern Wild Turkey
Meleagris gallopavo silvestris
Location: Roost in oaks winter 08-09; ground by feeders, woods, neighborhood
Wild Turkeys are surprisingly agile fliers and very cunning, unlike their domestic counterparts. Turkeys are very cautious birds and will fly or run at the first sign of danger. In flight they can reach a speed of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).[citation needed] They usually fly close to the ground for no more than a quarter mile (400 m). Turkeys have many vocalizations: "gobbles," "clucks," "putts," "purrs," "yelps," "cutts," "whines," "cackles," and "kee-kees." In early spring, male turkeys, also called gobblers or toms, gobble to announce their presence to females and competing males. The gobble can carry for up to a mile.
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Genus: Meleagris (turkeys)
Family: Meleagrididae (turkeys)
Order: Galliformes (pheasants; turkeys; grouse; partridges; quails; chickens…)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Phylum/Division: Chordata (Spinal chorded)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)