Snows Tracks: Wild turkey

Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo, Phasianidae) tracks in snow, photographed 01/09/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

There’s a large group of wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo, Phasianidae) living near my parents’ house, but thus far I haven’t been lucky enough to photograph them.  While out looking for them the other day, I did find a lot of recent tracks.

Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo, Phasianidae) track in snow, photographed 01/09/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

These large footprints are pretty conspicuous and unmistakable.  Adult tracks are perhaps three or four inches in length. The top photo shows their tendency to drag their middle toes as they walk.

Tracks from Canada geese (Branta canadensis, Anatidae) share a similar large three-toed arrangement, but those birds also leave an imprint from the webbing between their toes.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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