Struttin’ His Stuff

A face only a Mother could love ~

Wild Turkey male close up wattle, caruncle, snood Kim Smith 2016Male turkey’s faces are brilliantly colored red, white, and blue and change color depending on what mood. A solid white head indicates the most excited.

Wild Turkey male Courtship display Kim Smith 2016There were three males courting in this group, with one being the dominant Tom. To attract the females, the males were spreading their tail feathers (called strutting) and spitting. Group courtship like this usually takes place after the winter months in March and April, when they are still flocked together.

Wild Turkey male female Tom pea Courtship display Kim Smith 2016Wild Turkey male female Tom pea Courtship display -2 Kim Smith 2016Tom and Hen Eastern Wild Turkey

Anatomy_of_turkey_headAnatomy of a Turkey Head

1) Caruncles

2) Snood

3) Wattle (dewlap)

4) Major caruncle

5) Beard

Notice the small light tan colored holes to the right of the eye in both the above photo and the top photo. That is the Tom’s ears with which he can hear quite well.

The photo below is not tack sharp so I almost didn’t post however, it demonstrates that this turkey is comparatively more excited as his face is more white and blue than the turkey in the first photo. And you can see the ear quite clearly in this photo, too.

Wild Turkey male close up wattle, ear, snood, caruncle Kim Smith 2016Domestic turkey photo courtesy wiki.

2 thoughts on “Struttin’ His Stuff

  1. rjp49

    Robert, thought you might find this interesting. It is from a woman in Gloucester, MA whose photography (still and video) is spectacular… bob

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  2. Kim Smith Post author

    Thank you Bob, can’t wait for the warm weather when I can spend more time outdoors with the new lens. At this time of year I have to keep running back and forth to my car to warm up. Any day now!

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