What is considered a large wild turkey?
On average, male turkeys weigh about 18 pounds. The largest wild turkey on record weighed 37 pounds. Females are smaller and duller. They weigh between 8 to 10 pounds.
How many pounds does a wild turkey weigh?
The wild turkey is the largest game bird in North America. Male turkeys (“gobblers”) are between 2 ½ and 3 feet tall and weigh on average 16 pounds (with some individuals weighing in considerably larger!). Female turkeys (“hens”) are on average 2 feet tall with average weights of 9 to 10 pounds.
Do turkeys mourn their dead?
Turkeys have a refined “language” of yelps and cackles. They mourn the death of a flock member and so acutely anticipate pain that domestic breeds have had epidemical heart attacks after watching their feathered mates take that fatal step towards Thanksgiving dinner. They clearly feel and appear to understand pain.
Why do turkeys not have feathers on their head?
In other words, a turkey’s body temperature is more easily regulated by the means of a bald head. The loss of head and neck feathering in wild turkeys allow the species to take advantage of regions in time and space that previously were unexploitable due to the dangers of hyperthermia.