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Common Name: Wild Turkey

Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo
Location: Throughout Indiana.
Diet: Insects, wild fruits, acorns, green leaves, seeds, and domestic grains. Those of our eastern woodland feed on sumac, wild grapes, dogwood berries, beechnuts, acorns, greenbrier, roots and tubers.
Status: Game bird
Fun Fact: Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey, not the bald eagle, to be the nation's bird.

Want to learn more detailed information about turkeys? Click here to visit the species information about turkeys.


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