Tom Turkey Displaying | Cades Cove | Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tom Turkey Displaying

I photographed this Tom Turkey displaying his colorful feathers in front of a flock of female turkeys or hens in the meadows of Cades Cove valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Male wild turkeys display for females by puffing out their feathers, spreading out their tails and dragging their wings. This behavior is most commonly referred to as strutting. Courtship begins during the months of March and April, which is when turkeys are still flocked together in winter areas.

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