Wild turkey

The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is an upland ground bird native to North America, one of two extant species of turkey and the heaviest member of the order Galliformes. It is the ancestor to the domestic turkey, which was originally derived from a southern Mexican subspecies of wild turkey (not the related ocellated turkey).

Wild turkey
Male (tom/gobblers) eastern wild turkey strutting
Female (hen)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Meleagris
Species:
M. gallopavo
Binomial name
Meleagris gallopavo
Subspecies

6, see text

Distribution of M. gallopavo

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