[TN-Bird] Re: White turkey

  • From: "Ken Hale" <khale@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lynnedavis865@xxxxxxxxx>, <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2018 16:12:15 -0500

When I was a wildlife manager with TWRA, we trapped several along the French
Broad River in Cocke County.  They were relocated in various places.

In the wildlife world, they are recognized as a "silver phase" turkey.  

Here are the results for an image search on google.
https://www.google.com/search?q=silver+phase+turkey&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=
1&fir=gLhcbRKkLyHgUM%253A%252C9R-qSrtvm_Z-zM%252C_&usg=AI4_-kQwQUJtYInkwDJTZ
8KR2vPYIGmz4g&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjesP-MnMjeAhVpTt8KHbh5BjkQ9QEwB3oECAAQEg#imgrc
=gLhcbRKkLyHgUM:

They come in various shades.  The males have quite a bit of predominant
black on the tail, wings and torso, while the female may be nearly all
white.

Anyway, I used to get chided when I referred to them as butterball specials.

Ken Hale
Bristol, TN


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