3d art render four female Florida Turkeys.
Made with bryce 3d and Ken Gilliland’s Songbird Remix, Wild Turkeys.
Meleagris gallopavo osceola
Wt. 14-22 lb (6.4-10 kg), Length (bill to tail) 48"-50" (122
-127 cm), Wing span 50"-56" (127-142 cm). The turkey is
the largest game bird in North America. It is a stout bird
with a bluish-gray naked head and pink neck. During
courtship, the tom’s head color can vary from white to
light gray, deep blue or bright red depending on mood.
The throat wattles are red. The body is covered with
iridescent feathers. The Osceola turkey is smaller, slimmer
and darker than the Eastern turkey. It has a very thin,
white barring on its primary feathers and no barring on
the secondaries. Its fan feathers are tipped with brown.
The Osceola turkey also has long legs. Turkey legs are
pinkish to gray or black and the male has spurs (the
female rarely has spurs). The turkey breast has a beard
(bristle-like feathers) that continues to grow throughout
its life. The tom struts during courtship and spreads his tail
in an impressive fan. The female is considerably smaller,
less iridescent, and has hair and fine feathers on her head.
The turkey roosts in trees, has keen eyesight and hearing,
and is gregarious. As many as 20 different turkey calls
have been recorded. The turkey does not fly long
distances, but can flap and glide at 45 to 50 mph (72-80
kph) for about a mile (1.6 k) and can run quickly (15-18
mph/24-29 kph). The turkey does not migrate long
distances but does have seasonal shifts depending on food
supply. The turkey frequently interbreeds creating hybirds
at the edge of its ranges.
The Osceola turkey is adapted to swampy areas and also
found in flat pine woods, oak and palmetto hammocks.
The Osceola turkey is a native of Florida. Its current range
also includes Georgia to Louisiana.