A large highly colored and iridescent gamecock-like bird with a long sweeping pointed tail, scarlet waffles on its face, and a white neck-ring. It is a shy bird and runs swiftly, and has a strong flight and noisy takeoff. It was introduced from Asia as a game bird. It thrives in some areas, such as northern prairies. Flocks of these pheasants often are segregated into small groups of males, and larger flocks of females. It ranges widely in North America. It has a habitat at farms, fields, marsh edges, and brush. It feeds on a wide variety of grains and small seeds, green shoots, buds, roots, berries, insects, spiders, earthworms, etc. Typically feeds on the ground scratching and digging with the feet.
Fowl like Birds
August 24, 2012
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October 2, 2010
I have been trying to get a photo of a Wild Turkey for some time, but have found them to be elusive, or the lighting wasn’t good. I’ve even had them in my back yard. I had frequently seen them at the spot where I finally got the photo. However, as soon as they noticed me they started to take off for the woods. I had to take off in a run while preparing the camera to get close enough to get a picture. As the photos show, the Turkeys just stroll away. Seeing them from the road and getting the pictures and back in the car was no more than 5 minutes. It’s good that they are a large bird.