The American Wild Turkey, Daily Racing Form, 1919-02-12


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: , .... THE AMERICAN WILD TURKEY In the "Unftefl. States there are four varieties of wild turkeys, all sub-speeies of the Mexican wild turkey, from which our domestic fowls descended. The common wild turkey is found from the New England states west to Kansas and Oklahoma. The Florida turkey is an inhabitant of the regions: of the gulf coast and Florida. These two forms are not ndticeably different in coloration, and to the casual .observer would pass as one and the same bird. The .western forms known as as the Rio Grande, ranging in Texas, nud northern Mexico, and the Merriam wild turkey, whose range of distribution is limited to New Mexico, Arizona and possibly a few points, along, the southern border of Colorado, arc also much alike, butidiffer -from- ,the; eastern forms in size and color, being slightly larger and showing a conspicuous rump patch of buffy white tipped leathers, with the . tail band, the .same, while in the enstenibirdsthewhne is replaced by chestnut. These are the distinguishing characters and the most noticeable occurring in the four forms. - i . -

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