How Fast Can Wild Turkey Fly?

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Wild turkeys can fly at speeds of 55 miles per hour. Though the birds are very fast in the air, they can only fly at these speeds for a very short amount of time.

Wild turkeys are relatively fast on the ground as well as in the air. These large birds can run at speeds of 25 miles per hour, making it relatively easy for them to escape from predators. Though turkeys spend large amounts of time on the ground during the day searching for food like insects and berries, they fly into trees at night where they roost with their flock. Wild turkeys can get rather large, and full-grown males can weigh as much as 30 pounds. The large size does not hinder their speed, however.