Wild Turkey

 

Florida’s largest game bird, the Turkey has made a major comeback since protection programs and restocking efforts were nitiated. Built to survive, the Turkey has excellent hearing, eyesight three times better than ours, and the ability to run fast and fly up to 60 mph. A wary nature and nests built above water keep predators such as bobcats away. Tom Turkeys may have harems of up to 20 hens.

Latin Name: Meleagris Gallopavo

Habitat: Pine Flatwoods, Oak Hammock, Swamp, Marsh

Diet: insects, seeds, fruit