Saturday, September 08, 2007

Meleagris gallopavo in Saranac Lake

The American Turkey is now a common site in the Tri-lakes area. My neighborhood has a large flock consisting of two adult females and about 10-12 chicks, teenagers (poults) now. This bird is native to N. America. These birds can fly surprising fast (up to 88 km/hr) and for distances up to 1/4 mile. And yes, Ben Franklin did prefer the turkey over the bald eagle as the national bird. Life expectancy for these birds is 1.3 - 1.6 years. Female turkeys are known to sometimes share nests and to lay their eggs in the nests of other birds such as grouse and pheasant.

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