Narragansett Turkey: Meleagris gallopavo
Distribution and Habitat
Narragansett turkeys are found in domestic farms throughout New England and Midwestern states.
These turkeys live in mixed conifer-hardwood forests, also open areas in pastures, fields, orchards and seasonal marshes.
The Narragansett turkeys have large bodies, long legs and large fan-shaped tails.
Their plumage is mainly black with grey and white edges. Males (toms or gobblers) grow to 48 inches tall and weigh around 25 pounds. Females (hens) are not as tall and weigh up to 18 pounds.
They are swift runners, fast fliers and roost on trees at night.
Females produce very good clutches of eggs and are protective mothers to the polts.
Narragansett turkeys are known for being calmer than other turkey breeds.