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Can Wild Turkeys Fly?

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Wild turkeys can and do fly. Although these birds may sometimes weigh over 25 pounds, their strong muscles and wings allow them powerful flight over short distances. However, adults rarely fly with continuous wingbeats for more than about 1/8 mile. When gliding with periodic wingbeats-- such as flying downslope-- turkeys can fly about 1 mile without difficulty. Their flight speed has been estimated as up to 55 to 60 mph. By nature, however, turkeys are "cursorial" (running) birds and they prefer to move about and escape on foot except when startled or severely chased. The young poults learn to fly at about 8 to 10 days. At that time, they begin to roost with the hen in trees. Before attaining "flight status", the hen and poults stay together on the ground at night. This may make them more susceptible to predators. Turkeys do not migrate or fly south for the winter.
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Turkey FlyingWild turkeys can and do fly. Although these birds may sometimes weigh over 25 pounds, their strong muscles and wings allow them powerful flight over short distances. However, adults rarely fly with continuous wingbeats for more than about 1/8 mile. When gliding with periodic wingbeats-- such as flying downslope-- turkeys can fly about 1 mile without difficulty. Their flight speed has been estimated as up to 55 to 60 mph. By nature, however, turkeys are "cursorial" (running) birds and they prefer to move about and escape on foot except when startled or severely chased. The young poults learn to fly at about 8 to 10 days. At that time, they begin to roost with the hen in trees. Before attaining "flight status", the hen and poults stay together on the ground at night. This may make them more susceptible to predators. Turkeys do not migrate or fly south for the winter. Although they may use somewhat different habitats or areas at different seasons of the year, Eastern wild ... more
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Sorry but turkeys CAN FLY We lived out in bowie texas and their were wild turkeys flying in to use our drive way back and forth to the pond for water and they flew in landed and walked to the pond then flew away right out of the pond, so yes wild turkeys can fly and your mother is right SHE DID SEE THE TURKEY FLY, you are the one who is wrong here. Just because you didn't see it and she did doesn't mean she didn't see it, we saw them all the time! more
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Wild turkeys can fly, they can fly very quickly but not for very long distances....for such a big bird they are impressive to see fly! sorry....your mom was absolutely right....when we say they can't fly long distances, we mean they don't fly 2 to 3 km's, but they certainly can fly out of eye sight in a hurry, and this is how they can get up in the trees, they sleep in them every night.....they are an impressive bird...and very tasty also.... more
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Yes some kinds can. I have wild turkeys in my neighborhood and they fly... its really funny to watch people try to catch them (thinking that they wont run away) and they just up and fly away. more
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I live in VT and we have flying Turkeys, and I don´t mean the people. They love to fly into the trees and roost. They are the dumbest looking birds ever. more
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Yes, and it could probably make it over a high picket fence. They can fly up and roost in low branches in trees but that's about as far as they can make it. more
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Yes, but not very far. They can fly to the lower branches of a tree or even to the top of a fence. Just enough to get out of danger sometimes. They can fly for several feet. more
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Turkey and chicken can fly but not long distances like birds and ducks. But they can fly. more
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yes absolutely! in facts turkey can fly for miles! they are beter fliers then most other birds. they can reach speeds of upto 72 miles an hour. thats as fast as a cheetah.dont be fooled by their silly aperarence. turkeys are among some of the most athletic birds! they can run up to 22 miles an hour. i just love them! they are a jack of all trades! i mean what bird do you know that can out pace a rotwiler then turn around and outfly an eagle? they are very impressive.i have seen turkeys hundreds of feet above the ground gliding! they ressemble black vultures! the only give away are that they are so fast and their short wings!they can fly for a little over a mile! but at that speed its for a few seconds! but the wild turkeys weigh less than domestic ones. thats also is another turkey misunderstanding! on average they weigh 7 to 13 pounds! ther about the the size of a cat!
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