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WHAT KINDS OF HABITATS DO TURKEYS LIVE IN?

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WHAT KINDS OF HABITATS DO TURKEYS LIVE IN?

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Over its range, the wild turkey inhabits a wide range of forested, semi-forested and open habitats. There are differences among the 5 living subspecies and its associated references). In general, the eastern wild turkey is found in oak-hickory forests, or mixed hardwoods with red oak, beech, black cherry, and white ash predominating. Brood range necessarily includes pastures, forest openings, or savannah areas. Mature forests with a mixture of tree species are often preferred, but not essential. The oak-hickory and northern hardwood forests of North America are among the most varied habitats and land areas within the wild turkey’s range. Seventy years ago, it was thought that wild turkeys were a wilderness species, requiring extensive tracts of mature undisturbed forest. However, this assumption is now known to be false. Turkeys have been live-trapped and transplanted into other habitats and have thrived. Increased law enforcement has allowed turkey populations to grow dramatically in

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