Wild Turkey

(Meleagris gallopavo)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Wild Turkey

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNA - Not applicable

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Reintroduced. Locally common year-round resident.

Habitat

Deciduous and mixed woodlands, riparian woodlands.

Size

Male: 36 to 42 in length, 66 wingspan

Female: 36 in length, 48 wingspan

    Photo by Lynn Rubey
 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Galliformes (megapodes, curassows, pheasants, quails, and relatives, and chicken-like birds)

 

Family:

Phasianidae (turkeys, grouse, pheasants, and partridges)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris)

Florida Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo osceola)

Merriam’s Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo merriami)

Gould’s Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo mexicana)

Rio Grande Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia)

South Mexican Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo gallopavo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Ramona Abrego
       
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Kirk Nelson
       

Wild Turkey - Hen

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Wild Turkey - Jake

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Wild Turkey - Tom

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Wild turkey, early evening at the Visitors’ Center

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Wild Turkey, hen

Wild turkey, early evening at the Visitors’ Center

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Wild turkey hens with about a dozen poults (that I saw). Most of them walked off into the woods, but several flew into the trees.

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Strutting tom and hen near the visitors' center, Fort Snelling State Park

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Margot Avey
       
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Lynn Rubey
       

A flock of Wild Turkey Hens in Ortonville, Mn.

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A Wild Turkey Hen.

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Dan W. Andree
       

Wild Turkeys ...

Three tom turkeys rural Norman co. Mn. on April 10, 2018. They were all displaying like the one on the gravel back road to the females which were just inside the woods. The two off the road in the snow seen me so quit fanning their tails etc. and all three eventually wandered into the woods.

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One in the open - one in the brush.

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Wayne Rasmussen
       
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Tom Baker
       
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Dan W. Andree
       
  Jan. 2015 Wild Turkeys near the Gary Pines, Mn.
Published on Feb 18, 2015
 
   
 
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Wild turkeys in a field at the edge of the Gary Pines near Gary, Mn. Populations are definitely on the rise. I didn't have a long enough zoom lens on to get very close to them and it was kind of cold on the fingers anyway that day.

   
       
       
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  Uploaded on Dec 16, 2010
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Dec 16, 2010

Photographed west of Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (16 December 2010)

   
       
  Wild Turkey (Phasianidae: Meleagris gallopavo) Flock, Preening and Feeding
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 11, 2010

Photographed NE of the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (10 August 2010).

   
       
  Wild Turkeys (Phasianidae: Meleagris gallopavo)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Sep 30, 2011

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (29 September 2011).

   
       
  Wild Turkeys, "Wild Turkey" - November 24, 2013
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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Published on Nov 24, 2013

Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo), Gagnon Wildlife Habitat, Pottersville, Somerset, Massachusetts, Sunday afternoon, November 24, 2013, 12:58 PM - Canon PowerShot SX260 HS IMG_57409; 2:00 min.

Music: "Wild Turkey-UPPM" by Mike Dowling (Other, 2:00)

   
       
  Wild Turkeys (Phasianidae: Meleagris gallopavo) Foraging
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 13, 2011

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (13 May 2011).

   
       

 

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Ramona Abrego

Location: Northfield area

Wild Turkey


Kirk Nelson
4/11/2020

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Wild Turkey - Jake

Wild Turkey


Margot Avey
7/25/2019

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

Wild Turkey


Kirk Nelson
5/12/2019

Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake Unit

Wild turkey, early evening at the Visitors’ Center

Wild Turkey


Lynn Rubey
10/29/2018

Location: Ortonville, Mn

A Wild Turkey Hen.

Wild Turkey


Dan W. Andree
4/10/2018

Location: rural Norman co. Mn.

Three tom turkeys rural Norman co. Mn. on April 10, 2018. They were all displaying like the one on the gravel back road to the females which were just inside the woods. The two off the road in the snow seen me so quit fanning their tails etc. and all three eventually wandered into the woods.

Wild Turkey


Margot Avey
4/10/2017

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

Wild Turkey


Wayne Rasmussen
6/25/2016

Location: Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo

Wild Turkey


Kirk Nelson
6/18/2016

Location: Wild River State Park

Wild turkey hens with about a dozen poults (that I saw).  Most of them walked off into the woods, but several flew into the trees.

Wild Turkey


Kirk Nelson
9/7/2014

Location: Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Have seen wild turkeys here for a few years now


Kirk Nelson
5/18/2014

Location: Fort Snelling State Park

Strutting tom and hen near the visitors' center, Fort Snelling State Park

Wild Turkey


     
     
 
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