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Turkey sex

2005-03-03 15:59:11.352442+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Grad student says that wild turkey mating is a collaborative, not competitive, endeavor.

The male, approaching a female in a courtship ritual with two or more of his brothers, will blush brilliantly red and blue about his face and throat, fan his broad brown and white tail, lower his outspread wings and emit loud thrumming noises through his air sacks as he prances in a shuffling strut.

And while he engages in his display, his brothers do so, too -- but silently and without the strut, in a kind of cooperative semi-courtship -- and they also turn to ward off any hostile interlopers seeking to court the same female.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-03-03 17:45:46.497464+00 by: ziffle

and a good time is had by all?

#Comment Re: made: 2005-03-04 15:00:02.391972+00 by: Nancy

hmm..I think I've been courted by a turkey. Seriously. We have pictures from Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park of turkeys who could be doing the mating dance. I don't know how to link a picture though. Not even sure I've gotten the hang of putting a link in. But I've seen them and they are amazingly bright blue and red!