Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo silvestris, Behavior in Central Ontario During Winter
Keywords:Eastern Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo silvestris, home range size, roost site, food availability, Ontario
AbstractHome range size, food habits, and roost site selection are described for the Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) introduced on the Precambrian Shield in central Ontario during the winters 1999 and 2000. Monthly home range size was correlated primarily to snow depth, although it was also likely associated to other factors, including food availability and/or roost site availability. Ferns and allies were used more than available, whereas monocots were used less than expected. Roost site-selection was primarily influenced by tree height. If the Eastern Wild Turkey is to expand its northern range in Ontario, winter food and roost site availability may be the primary determinants for successful introductions.
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