Do All Turkeys Gobble?

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Though the gobble is most closely associated with its use by male turkeys as a mating call, turkey hens are also capable of gobbling. In that sense, then, all turkeys are theoretically capable of gobbling, though this vocalization is most frequently used by males during the early spring mating season.

While gobbling may be the sound most commonly associated with turkeys, these wild birds have a variety of other vocalizations, including yelps, clucks, cackles, purrs and whines. According to the National Wild Turkey Foundation, studies have shown that the presence of human hunters can have an impact on the frequency of turkey gobbling.