Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Wild Turkey Track

On 5 March 2016, Erika and I discovered a turkey track at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. In short order, we found a flock of 15 birds.
Turkey behavior is complex and variable. Both males and females may form separate flocks, which can be composed of up to 40 individuals. Some winter turkey flocks exceed 200. 
Males form leks, strut about, and try to attract the attention of females. Dominant males mate with multiple females. The females then leave their female flock and raise their young. Young males remain with their mother until they exceed her in size. Males then join independent male flocks. (McRoberts et al. 2014).

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