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    Wild Turkey Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Wild Turkeys are very large, plump birds with long legs, wide, rounded tails, and a small head on a long, slim neck.

      Relative Size

      One of our largest and heaviest birds; smaller than a Trumpeter Swan; about twice the size (and four times as heavy) as a Ring-necked Pheasant.

      Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 43.3-45.3 in (110-115 cm)
        • Weight: 88.2-381.0 oz (2500-10800 g)
        • Wingspan: 49.2-56.7 in (125-144 cm)

    Regional Differences

    Wild Turkeys in the Rocky Mountains tend to have whitish tips to the rump and tail feathers, whereas other populations have rusty or chestnut tail tips.