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Wild Turkey Mating Season
This male Wild Turkey is displaying for the female. He is approximately 4' tall. She is about 3' tall. During mating season, the male will erect his tail and spread it like a fan. His wattles are more brightly colored and will swell. He will puff out his feathers and droop or even drag his wings. This male is strutting around making gobbling sounds. This behavior is very alluring to this female Wild Turkey. Males are polygamous with harems of five or more females to mate with during the spring and early summer breeding season. Normally a female will roost in tall strong trees, but after mating the female will make a nest on the ground, in a depression concealed by tall grass or brush, lining the nest with grass and leaves. She will lay 6-18 eggs, that are light tan in color with brownish spots and incubate them for 27-28 days. Shortly after hatching, the young will instinctively follow the female around for protection and food. These young turkey chicks learn to climb into trees at night like their parents. Our affliate site Wildlife of America has aWild Turkey Mousepad, check out the website for more North American Wildlife Gifts.
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