A jake is a young male wild turkey that can be distinguished from an adult, or tom, by the length of its middle tail feathers. The adult males will have tail feathers that are all the same length, while the younger males will have noticeably longer feathers in the middle. The adult males also have a much longer beard, which is the cluster of hair-like feathers growing from the center of its breast.Continue Reading
Adult male wild turkeys are also called gobblers because of the distinctive sound they make to announce their presence to females, or hens, in early spring. The gobble sound can carry up to a mile. Hens can produce the gobble sound also but do so rarely. Jakes will often yelp in a manner similar to hens.
Adult males may attempt to fight a predator if cornered. Some of the larger toms can display an especially aggressive behavior in self-defense that may deter even mid-sized predatory mammals. A male wild turkey's head turns blue when excited, and will become red when it is ready to fight. Turkeys can, on occasion, become aggressive towards humans. Attacks and minor injuries can be avoided by giving wild turkeys a suitable amount of space and leaving their natural habitats undisturbed.Learn more about Birds
A young female turkey is called a jenny, while a young male turkey is called a jake. A baby turkey is referred to as a poult or a chick.Full Answer >
The flap of skin under a turkey's chin may be known as a dewlap or a wattle; though the wattle is more evident in male turkeys, both male and females have this anatomical feature. This flap of skin stretches from the turkey's neck to a point on the head just under the beak.Full Answer >
Purple Martin scout reports include information pertaining to the date that adult male or female and subadult male Purple Martins arrived in the observer's area, as well as details about the observer's location and landlord status. Reports are compiled in a database that tracks the migration patterns of Purple Martins.Full Answer >
Ducks are found on every continent except for Antarctica; all baby ducks are referred to as ducklings, adult male ducks are called drakes, and adult females are called hens or ducks. Groups of ducks are called rafts, teams, or paddlings.Full Answer >