What Is a Male Turkey Called?

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A male turkey is called either a tom or a gobbler. Juvenile male turkeys are called jakes until they reach adulthood. Turkeys are the largest game bird that is found in North America.

Males can grow to weigh between 16 to 24 pounds. Female turkeys are called hens and are smaller than males, as they only grow to 8 to 10 pounds. Males have metallic feathers of varying colors, such as red, copper, green and bronze. Their heads are featherless and can quickly change between white, red and blue during mating season. Another key feature of a male turkey is their beard; it is a cluster of coarse hair that grows down from their chest and averages 9 inches long. During mating season, the males can often be seen fanning out their tail feathers in an attempt to attract females.