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The way a question is asked can often make a lot of difference in the answer, because if instead of asking about species, it had asked about types, ie. "How many types of wild turkeys are native to North America?" then the answer would have been a more believable five. These five sub species make up the entire population of wild turkeys in North America.

The Eastern wild turkey is most readily identified by its chestnut or chocolate brown tipped tail feathers. (it is the tail feathers that extend into the iconic "fan" display)

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.

It has similar head coloration as the others, but with stronger blue, purple and bronze reflections. The purple and bronze reflections are also visible in its body feathers sheen.

The way a question is asked can often make a lot of difference in the answer, because if instead of asking about species, it had asked about types, ie. "How many types of wild turkeys are native to North America?" then the answer would have been a more believable five. These five sub species make up the entire population of wild turkeys in North America.

Eastern Wild Turkey Range:Their natural range covers the entire eastern half of the United States; from Maine in the North to northern Florida in the South, and extending as far west as Michigan. Their population is estimated to exceed 5 million. Their habitat also extends to the eastern region of Canada.

It is very similar in appearance to the Eastern wild turkey, except that it is physically smaller and its colors are much darker. It also has white and black bars on its primary wing feathers, but unlike the Eastern, the Osceola's wing bars are small and much more erratic and less uniform in size.

The Merriam is easily distinguished from the Eastern, Florida and Rio Grande subspecies by the nearly white feathers on the lower back and tail feather margins. It does have black and white color configurations on its primary wing feathers, but not in the distinctive bar pattern of the Eastern sub species.

The Rio Grande wild turkey was first described, and named, by George B. Sennett in 1879. Sennett described it as intermediate in appearance between the eastern and western subspecies, hence its scientific name Meleagris gallopavo intermedia


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