Royal Palm Turkey

Creature Features

 Description                                                                                                                                                                                         Relatively smaller-sized birds with very beautiful appearance. They are mainly white in coloration with sharply contrasting metallic black edging on the feathers.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nuts, greens, insects, seeds and fruit.

Reproduction                                                                                                                                                                                              Hens nest in late March or early April; lay between 10 to 12 eggs and incubate eggs for about 28 days and then hatch in late May or early June.

Threats                                                                                                                                                                                               Predators include humans and animals that disturb their nests, like crows, raccoons, skunks, snakes and opossums.

Fun Facts

 

  • Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo
  •  Conservation Status: Least concern
  • Lifespan: 2 to 3 years
  • Body Length: Hens– up to 2 ft tall Toms– up to 4 ft tall
  •  Weight: Hens– 10 to 12 pounds Toms– 12 to 20 pounds
  • Incubation: 28 days
  • Number of eggs: 10 to 12
  • Habitat: Dense forests, wooded areas near open field, farmlands, swamps

Did You Know?

 Wild turkeys can run up to 55 mph and fly distances of more than a mile. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to represent our nation and be the official bird. Male turkeys are also called a “tom” or “gobbler.”