Wild Turkey

Our Wild Turkey, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Wild Turkey (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Wild Turkey Facts
Wild Turkey
Meleagris gallopavo

Type
Bird
Life Span
3-4 years
Size
Females: 30-37 in
Males: 39-49 in
Average Weight
Females: 5-12 lbs
Males: 11-24 lbs
Group Name
Flock
Group Size
30-200
Name of Young
Chick or Poult

Our Wild Turkey, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • The wild turkey is a large bird found all over the United States. They prefer forests and grasslands. They are omnivores and eat seeds, nuts, and insects.
  • Flocks of turkeys are typically made up of females, also called hens, and their young. Males will mate with many females. The females lay 4-17 eggs at a time, and incubate them about 28 days. The chicks, which are also called poults, are only fed by the parents for a short time.
  • They are one of two species of birds native the United States that have been domesticated. The other is the muscovy duck.
  • Wild turkeys are very common now, but at one point they were nearly wiped out by over hunting and loss of their forest habitats.
  • Despite their bulky appearance, they can fly. Turkeys roost in trees at night to avoid predators.

Did You Know?

All of the turkeys you see at Southwick’s Zoo (except the two in the petting zoo) are wild. They do not belong to the zoo, and one individual has not left the zoo in 4 years. Many flocks come and go and can be seen at the wetlands habitat and deer forest.