You might remember an older post that featured wild turkey: Two hens and 9 chicks. Well, we have now been visited by another group and this one was made up of two Toms and two hens! The Toms are significantly larger than the hens, and there are other differences too! Let’s go check it out!
You can see the size difference in this shot. The Toms are on the left.
Now let us take a closer look at the Toms. First of all, they have caruncles on the top of their beak which the females do not. Their throats are also red compared to the female which is more of a gray color. Check out this Tom!
They look a bit peckish to me! :)
When they speak they make a noise that sounds like “Bloop, bloop.”
These birds are always on alert too! They watch us closely and watch the area around them too!
The dominant male starts to head out, and the others taking a bit of time do follow eventually. One other difference between the Tom and the hen is the tuft of feathers. You can see them better in this photo. They hang down off the center of the breast.
Cool, aren’t they?
I hope that you enjoyed today’s post! Thank you for dropping in today, and have a terrific Tuesday!
Be well! ^..^