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Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) by Scott Kruitbosch

Posted on Nov 17, 2013

These Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) poults are an interesting story. I found them at home early one May morning a few years ago after I spotted their mother sitting on the ground. As I curiously approached her she made a loud squawk and hurried off into the woods. This distraction display did not work on me and I found these poults where she had been. They did not move much or make a noise and were so young I probably could have scooped them all up. Instead I snapped this picture and ran off so mom could return. The next question for you is…how many are there here?

Wild Turkey poults

There are 11! Four in the top group, four in the left group, and three more in the grass to the lower right.