Thursday, March 17, 2016

Turkey in a Crabapple Tree

Turkeys are known to be “catholic” in their diet (McRoberts et al. 2014). These birds will eat almost anything—mostly vegetable matter, but also small animals. The turkeys that Erika and I found at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on 5 March 2016, gorged on crabapples.  The aforementioned authors list a variety of tree fruits that turkeys enjoy, but they do not mention crabapples. Oaks are a staple of their diet.

The turkeys we watched flew up into the trees to feed. This behavior is not unexpected. Turkeys usually spend the night in trees. Our turkeys looked ungainly in the delicate apple branches, but the birds proved to be adept acrobats.


  1. Hi Dan,

    Great post and pictures. I am wondering if you might remember what varieties of crabapples the wild turkeys are relishing here.

    1. No clue on the variety of Crab Apple. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum would know. These trees are just west of their sculpture garden.