Rio Grande Wild Turkey

Rio Grande Wild Turkey

  • The Rio Grande Wild Turkey is native to the Central Plains States.
  • They can be distinguished from the Eastern Wild Turkey by having tail feathers and tail/rumps coverts tipped with yellowish-buff or tan color, rather than medium or dark brown.
  • Hence the color is consistently lighter than in the Eastern and darker than the same feathers in the Merriam.
  • Hens average 8-12 lbs. and males weigh about 20 lbs. at maturity.
  • The Rio Grande inhabits brush areas near streams or rivers or mesquite, pine and scrub oak forests.
  • It may be found up to 6000 ft. elevation and generally favors country that is more open then wooded habitat favored by it's Eastern cousins.