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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.
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A second primary identification for this sub species is the wing feathers, which display a bold white and black bar pattern. Both sexes have traditional white, red, and blue head coloration, including iridescent hues.
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.
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 Osceola Wild TurkeyThe Osceola wild turkey, (Meleagris gallopavo osceola), also known as the Florida wild turkey, has one of the smallest habitation regions, and sub species populations. It is found only on the Florida peninsula, and their population is estimated at less than 110,000.
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.
The Gould's was first described as a sub species, and named, by explorer and naturalist J. Gould during his travels in Mexico in 1856