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Roosting Behavior of Male Eastern and Rio Grande Wild Turkeys

We evaluated roosting behaviors of a sample of both Easterns and Rios to described differences in how the subspecies roost.  We found that Easterns in densely forested areas had little fidelity to their roosts, meaning they used many different roosts throughout their range.  However, Rios in areas with limited forest habitat showed strong fidelity to a low number of roosts.  Our findings suggest that in some portions of the Rio Grande’s range, protecting and even creating roost sites may be important to future management of sustainable populations.

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