3 Cool Facts About Wild Turkey

3 cool facts about wild turkey, do you know all three?

Three Cool Facts

1.) They Have Nictitating Membranes

A nictitating membrane is a transparent or translucent third eyelid present in some animals that can be drawn across the eye for protection and to moisten it while maintaining vision.

Unlike the upper and lower eyelids, the nictitating membrane moves horizontally across the eyeball.

2.) They Sleep In Trees

In the early evening and morning hours, you might catch a wild turkey roosting in a tree.

Turkeys fly into trees to spend the night. A flock of six to 40 birds might roost in the same tree or adjacent trees. 

The birds make a lot of noise to alert the other birds if you happen to run into a group.

3.) The Birds Can Fly

Wild turkeys can fly an estimated 40 to 55 mph covering more than a mile while airborne and swim with ease. But, turkeys usually rely on their feet to escape danger.

90% of the time when you encounter a turkey it will run and some old wildlife books state they can run around 16mph.

Additional Reading: Wild Turkey – Breeding & Raising Young

Did You Know Them All?

So how many of the three cool facts about wild turkeys did you know? I’m hoping you have learned a few tidbits of information. Until next time friends – stay safe and get out and #exploremorein24

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