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The Rio Grande sub species is more nomadic than its eastern cousins and will migrate to nesting areas as much as ten miles away from their normal habitations. They also have longer legs, even though their general body size and height are similar to the others.

It prefers mixed and hardwood forests and is also the most hunted of the five sub species. The males, (toms), can grow as tall as four feet, (top of fanned tail), and weigh as much as 30 pounds. The female, (hen), typically weighs much less; 8 to 14 pounds.

Eastern Wild Turkey Diet:The "Eastern" has a variety of foods in their diet, ranging from grapes and blackberries, beechnut and acorns, to grains like corn and oats. They also enjoy eating insects such as grasshoppers and beetles.

With the abundance of wild turkeys in North America, and the popularity of turkey hunting, the answer to the question; "How many species of wild turkeys are native to North America?" might surprise you. Because the answer is one! The Meleagris gallopavo. And even more surprising there are only two species of wild turkeys in the world.

According to the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Gould's wild turkey is the least studied and recognized of the five wild turkey sub species found in North America, and has the smallest estimated population numbers.

With the abundance of wild turkeys in North America, and the popularity of turkey hunting, the answer to the question; "How many species of wild turkeys are native to North America?" might surprise you. Because the answer is one! The Meleagris gallopavo. And even more surprising there are only two species of wild turkeys in the world.

Commonly seen as the largest of the five North American sub species, it has longer legs, larger feet and larger center tail feathers than any of the other wild turkeys already described. The predominate colorations of the Gould's are; distinctive white tips on the tail feathers and tail rump coverts, and copper and greenish golden reflections on their lower back and rump feathers.

According to the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Gould's wild turkey is the least studied and recognized of the five wild turkey sub species found in North America, and has the smallest estimated population numbers.

The Rio Grande Wild TurkeyThe Rio Grande wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) is native to the central plains states and got its common name from the area in which it is found, the southern Great Plains states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Northeastern Mexico.


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