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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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EASTERN WILD TURKEY
Eastern wild turkeys are found in the panhandle and across northern counties from the big bend to northeast Florida. They range throughout eastern North America to just west of the Mississippi River and north into Ontario and Quebec.
There are five subspecies of wild turkeys in the United States, one of which is also found in Mexico, along with two other subspecies. The two Florida subspecies are Meleagris gallopavo silvestris and M. gallopavo osceola - Florida or Osceola wild turkey.
Wild turkeys can often be found foraging in large flocks through open woods and clearings. they are a large dark bird with a narrow neck and small head. The tailfeathers on eastern and Osceola wild turkeys are rufus tipped. The other North American populations have white-tipped tailfeathers.
Other species of this genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
View Meleagris gallopavo var. osceola - OSCEOLA WILD TURKEY
For more information on this species, visit the following link:
US Fish and Wildlife Habitat Leaflet for this species (pdf)
Date record last modified:
Nov 24, 2009