Sunday, August 25, 2019

Unusual Wild Turkeys

Wild Turkeys have recently been feeding on waste grain left in the harvested fields.  One flock that I have been encountering contains three unusual birds as can be seen in this series of photos.  These gray birds are known as leucistic or smoke-phase wild turkeys.  I at first wondered if they may be the result of cross breeding with domestic turkeys but from my internet research it seems that the common conclusion is that cross breeding highly unlikely.  


Ruth Hiebert said...

They do look most unusual.

Woody Meristem said...

Just like piebald deer or the red-tailed hawk I saw that was almost all white with just brown primaries in it's wings and a few colored feathers in its tail.