I photographed this Tom Turkey displaying his feathers in front of a flock of hens in the Cades Cove valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the spring male “tom” wild turkeys display for females “hens” by puffing out their feathers, spreading out their tails and dragging their wings. This behavior is most commonly referred to as strutting. Their heads and necks are colored brilliantly with red, blue and white. The color can change with the turkey’s mood, with a solid white head and neck being the most excited.
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