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Eastern wild turkeys strut in a meadow

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Turn the sound up for this 2m40s video from The Nature History Channel, a nature YouTuber in South Carolina. There, eastern wild turkeys wander the woodlands and meadows.

Wild turkeys are native to North America. Males, called toms, boast colorful feathers in hues of bronze, green, and copper. Their featherless heads can be bright blue and their necks sport a mood-revealing wattle. The hens are smaller and darker brown than the males. They construct nests in low-laying vegetation to keep their eggs well-hidden.

In the video above, a large male proudly flaunts his iridescent plumage by puffing out his feathers and fanning his tail. The behavior, called strutting, makes him look larger and establishes his dominance within the flock.

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