Meleagris gallopavo | wild turkey


First introduced in 1815 from North America as a gamebird, the wild turkey is an unexpected site along Hawaiʻi’s roadsides. At almost 4 feet long, they’re a hard-to-miss bird, though they can be well camouflaged and still in tall grass when nesting. Like a scrawnier version of the Thanksgiving Day turkey, they have a colorful naked head and neck with dark plumage. In Spring, look for the impressive display as the males fan out their long tail feathers.