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Wild turkey

Wild turkey - The meadow - Parc Oméga

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You may be lucky enough to meet wild turkey during your visit in the park. Originally from Southeastern United States, Southern Ontario and Mexico, the wild turkey now occupies a vast territory. Its bare-headed skin is blue or purple in both sexes. The color of their plumage is greenish-bronze with coppery and golden highlights.

The male has a red snood and a beard that gets closer to the ground with age. The weight of this bird keeps it from flying over a long distance. In fact, the male weighs between 5 and 11 kg and the female between 3 and 5,4 kg. The female will nest in a hallow in the ground at 200 meters away from a stream to lay from 6 to 15 eggs in the month of May.

Wild turkeys live in forests and in marshy areas. They sleep in trees above water to avoid attacks from predators.