Can Turkeys Swim?


According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, wild turkeys are able to swim. They pull their wings close to their bodies, spread out their tails and kick.

In addition to swimming, wild turkeys perform other impressive acts. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation indicates that they fly at speeds of 40 to 55 mph. Turkeys are fast runners, topping out at about 12 mph. During winter, wild turkeys dig through snow up to 6 inches deep to locate vegetation. However, turkeys are able to forgo food for up to two weeks if winter weather conditions become so severe the birds must roost for an extended period.