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Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
Longdown, Devon
Ted Freeston  simple  profile profile
08/02/09 (uploaded 17/02/09)

This cock bird has been with us regularly for the last two weeks or so. I've so far been unable to find anyone who may have lost it, but I assume it must be an escapee....
<i>Meleagris gallopavo</i>
As this is a first record for Birdguides of this American species shouldnt be to quick to dismiss it as a Christmas escapee. It is fully winged and unringed!
   trevor jones, 17/02/09 12:24Report inappropriate post Report 
As Wild Turkeys are non-migratory, and the best information I can find on their flying abilities states "can maintain level flight for nearly a mile", a genuine wild vagrant Wild Turkey in the UK is effectively out of the question.
   Dave Dunford (admin), 17/02/09 13:26
It could've flown onto a boat.
   Chris Wormwell, 17/02/09 14:54Report inappropriate post Report 
Yeah HMS Cranbury Sauce.P.S Is it 200C for 3 hours.
   Andy Payne, 17/02/09 16:48Report inappropriate post Report 
The bird appears to have white tail tips, which confirms it to be a domestic bird: "The domestic form has retained the white tail tip of the original Mexican subspecies, and that character can be used to distinguish wandering barnyard birds from wild turkeys which have chestnut-brown tail tips." (per http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Wild_Turkey.html)
   Dave Dunford (admin), 17/02/09 17:15


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