Osceola Wild Turkey Or The Florida Wild Turkey

| Last Updated May 4, 2020

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(Meleagris gallopavo osceola) One the most hunted and sought-after game species in Florida. This unique turkey is known for its location, strictly in the Florida region of the United States.

It lives only on the Florida peninsula and has never lived anywhere else in the entire world. This fact makes it extremely desired by out-of-state-hunters. It is similar to the eastern wild turkey but typically runs a bit smaller and with a darker shade and not as much barring on the flight feathers.

The white bars on the Osceola are more narrow, with an irregular, broken pattern, and don’t extend to the shaft of the feather. The black bars of the feathers are what dominate that dominate it.

When the wings are folded back, the whitish triangular patch formed is less visible in the Osceola. Their feathers are also more iridescent green and red, rather than bronze as in the eastern turkey.

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