The Rio Grande's Turkey's habitat includes brushy areas close to streams,
rivers or mesquite. It generally favors country that is more open than
the wooded area favored by the Eastern species. They are gregarious
and somewhat nomadic. They often have different summer and winter ranges.
It is common for them to form large flocks of several hundred birds
in the winter. Occasionally they will travel several miles from their
winter roost sites to its nesting areas. Since they live in areas that
normally do not have many roosting trees, they often roost in the same
tree which makes them a little easier to hunt.
Adult males may weigh from 17 to 21 pounds and adult hens may weigh
from 8 to 11 pounds. Adult gobblers can stand up to 40" tall and
the females may stand up to 30" tall when they are at full alert.
The poults are born very small and only weigh only about 2 ounces.
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