Nature Journal
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Wild Turkey Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Very large, small-headed, round-winged, long-tailed,
   ground-dwelling bird
- Unfeathered bluish head and reddish throat
- Dark breast, belly and upper back
- Iridescent bronze and green wings
- Barred primaries
- Dark, fan-shaped tail with brown or buff band at tip

Adult male
- Larger head with wattle at throat, caruncled
   forehead, and projection behind the bill
- More iridescent plumage

Similar species
Too large to be confused with any other bird.
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