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Photo of female wild turkey walking on grass

Wild Turkey Female

Female wild turkeys (hens) are smaller and less iridescent than males. After mating, the females care for the young alone, creating shallow nests on the ground. They lay about 10–14 eggs over a period of days, then incubate them for about a month.

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Photo of several wild turkey hen poults in grassy field

Wild Turkey Hen Poults

Young turkey and other fowl are called poults. Like those of most other ground-nesting birds, when they first hatch, turkey chicks are covered with downy feathers and are able to run around outside the nest soon after.

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Photo of a male wild turkey in typical habitat

Wild Turkey Male

Males, and some females, have a tuft of hairlike feathers (called a “beard”) in the middle of the breast. A popular gamebird, the wild turkey is found in mixed forests and grasslands statewide. They forage by scratching in the leaves beneath hedgerows and leafy areas in forests.

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Photo of male wild turkey walking in mowed grass

Wild Turkey Male

Adult male wild turkeys are very large and dark with a bare, red and blue head, with red wattles on the throat and neck. They have long legs. The feathers are bronzy and iridescent.

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Photo of a Wilson's snipe, a pudgy, long-billed bird, wading in a marsh.

Wilson’s Snipe

Gallinago delicata
Wilson’s snipe, formerly called the common snipe, is a migratory game bird in Missouri. Like its relative the woodcock, this member of the sandpiper family is not usually seen on mudflats. It prefers swamps and wet, grassy areas.

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Photo of a Wilson's snipe hiding in marsh weeds.

Wilson’s Snipe in Marsh

It is easy to see why Wilson’s snipe is included in a group of birds coined “secretive marsh birds.” These birds’ impressive camouflage and relative silence keep them well hidden in the thick vegetation of marshy habitats.

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photo of a wood duck

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa
A gorgeous waterfowl, the wood duck is equally famous for being a cavity nester in hollow trees, sometimes 60 feet above the ground and a mile away from water.

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