Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wild Turkey Flock Behaviour



Interesting social behaviors of a large flock of Wild Turkeys high in the misty Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina in mid-July. True wild turkeys can be difficult to film acting naturally as they are quite skittish, especially in flocks. This flock was working the deep forest edge along a large clearing and I don't think they were aware of me or they would have ducked into the forest edge. The flock consists of several family groups with at least four adults and many poults, or young turkeys, some a little older than the others, all hatched earlier in  spring. What is a little unusual about this flock is that there appears to be at least two adult males mixed in with one clearly showing his dominance in the classic fashion. Typically the adult males don't travel with the hens and flocks of young.

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Wild Turkey Flock Behaviour