Narragansett Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo

Scientific Name

Narragansett Turkey:  
Meleagris gallopavo

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Narragansett turkeys are found in domestic farms throughout New England and Midwestern states.

Natural Habitat

These turkeys live in mixed conifer-hardwood forests, also open areas in pastures, fields, orchards and seasonal marshes.

Physical Characteristics

  • 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.

Quick Facts

  1. They are swift runners, fast fliers and roost on trees at night.

  2. Females produce very good clutches of eggs and are protective mothers to the polts.

  3. Narragansett turkeys are known for being calmer than other turkey breeds.


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Conservation Status

Critically Endangered: The Narragansett Turkey is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

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These turkeys eat grains, nuts, seeds, berries, fruits and leaves, as well as insects on the ground.