Turkeys at Our Long Island Zoo

Long Island Turkeys

The turkey, which originated in North America, is a bird that derives from the family of pheasants, chickens and quails. They typically reside in the forest but can also be found throughout grasslands and swamps. They typically live for three to five years, but some can live up to 10 years.

Turkeys are omnivores that mostly consume small food such as seeds, nuts, fruits, salamanders and insects. They usually weigh between five and 20 pounds and are three to five feet tall. Turkeys have powerful legs that can get them to run up to 55 miles an hour.

The turkey is widely known for its communication with their gobbling noises that can be heard up to a mile away. Interestingly, turkeys have extraordinary daylight vision that is three times better than a human’s, but have problems seeing during the nighttime.