Introduced - Wild in New Zealand

Other name: Wild Turkey.

Meleagris gallopavo.

Turkeys were introduced to New Zealand at least as early as 1851, with many subsequent importations. Many have gone wild, often found not far from farmland.

A female turkey is called a hen and the male a tom.

Found: Throughout much of lowland North Island, the Marlborough Sounds, scattered eastern locations in the South Island as well as some farmed islands. Native to North America.

Conservation status: Introduced and naturalised.

Threats: Many are killed by dogs and chicks are vulnerable to introduced predators such as stoats and feral cats, and native birds such as pukekos and hawks.

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