The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

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Wild Turkey
Meleagris gallopavo
Family: Meleagridinae

Omnivorous / Prey
Native to Virginia

Wild Turkey Factsheet

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Wild turkeys are large and strikingly handsome birds, known for their intelligence and ability to elude the hunter. They are social birds and fly up into trees to roost in groups at night, but are rarely seen by the Park users. Keep an eye out in the early morning and you might see a flock foraging for food on the forest floor.

Recorded activity in the James River Park

One Tom turkey and a large group of hens were documented in the Park in late 2014. Occasionally a loner has continued to trip the game camera in that same area.

Tom turkey on Vimeo.

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