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The Gobble Heard across Colorado

An adult turkey has 5,000 to 6,000 feathers!

The springtime mating display of a turkey is one of the most stunning and fun events in nature. It’s exciting to spot a male turkey, called a tom, displaying his impressive tail feathers in a noticeable fan shape. Although the female hen’s plumage is a little less impressive, her iridescent feathers are still eye catching in the sun. The gobble of a tom turkey is a recognizable sound in nature and can be heard up to a mile away! Turkeys have a wide field of vision and a poor sense of smell. They are spotted during the day, wandering forest floors and grasslands in search of food sources like seeds, nuts and insects. However, at night, they are found high up in the trees to escape predators. Wild turkeys can be spotted across the state. In fact, you could run into a wild turkey in 53 of the state’s 64 counties. Now that is something to be grateful for!

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