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Reproductive Ecology of Gould’s Wild Turkeys (Meleagris Gallopavo Mexicana) in Arizona

We described reproductive ecology of Gould’s wild turkeys, the least studied subspecies.  We found fairly low nest initiation rates, but very high nest success.  Peaks in laying were mid-May, later than other subspecies.  Like other subspecies, we found no evidence that hens went around and selected nest sites prior to laying the first egg.  Our findings are the only assessment of reproductive ecology available for Gould’s, and hopefully prompts future work to improve our understanding of this iconic subspecies.

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