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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wild Turkeys chasing each other in circles

Photo by Larry Smith
A cinematic portrait of the Wild Turkey, by Lang Elliott. Videotaped during light snow flurries. Note what appears to be play behavior among females, with several chasing each other in circles (occurs about halfway through the video).

Wild turkeys are social birds who live in flocks, which are organized by pecking order. When the males try to impress the females with puff-out fantails, the females start circling. Their behavior is usually referred to as the "happy dance" when they get excited by potential mates.

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