Meleagris gallopavo intermedia {Population: 853,000*}

He's at home on the range. Native to the semi-arid areas of the southern Great Plains states, the Rio Grande wild turkey occupies more open terrain than Easterns and Osceolas to the East. Rios spend their days in rough, dry country, where the availability of wateraffects their habitat use and daily movements. Named after the historic Rio Grande River that borders his territory, his appearance falls somewhere between the Eastern and Western subspecies, hence his scientific name, Meleagris gallapavo intermedia.

Rios spend their days in the dry country of the Southwest. The availability of water often affects their choice of habitat and daily movements.

Rios spend their days in the dry country of the Southwest. The availability of water often affects their choice of habitat and daily movements.

Rios have copper-colored tips on their tailfeathers and yellow-buff tipped covert feathers.

Rios have copper-colored tips on their tailfeathers and yellow-buff tipped covert feathers.

Physical Markings

Tailfan: Copper-colored tips on the tailfeathers; yellow-buff tipped covert feathers

Wing Feathers: Equal amount of white and black barring on the primaries

Breast Feathers: Lighter in color than the Eastern and Osceola, reflecting iridescent reds and greens.

Spurs: Moderate in length and often have rounded tips, worn down by the arid climates they inhabit

Beard: Moderate in length and girth compared to the other four subspecies

Gobble: 2.5 out of 5in strength compared to the other Grand Slam subspecies

Size: {18-22 lbs.}  Rios can grow to up to four feet tall, but generally they are lighter in body weight than the Eastern.

Size: {18-22 lbs.}

Rios can grow to up to four feet tall, but generally they are lighter in body weight than the Eastern.

Habitat

Classic Rio habitat includes cottonwood creek bottoms in Kansas to scrub brush of Texas where birds sometimes roost 8 feet off the ground and drink from cattle troughs. Water can often be in short supply, and it's availability will affect their choice of habitat and daily movements.

Hunting

Similar to Merriam’s, open country Rios can be concentrated around roost sites where limited trees exist. The birds spend their days in rough country, wondering among cactus, scrub brush and blazing heat and you have to watch for rattlers as you pick a thorny spot to sit.

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In the relatively treeless expanse of West Texas, Rios have been reported to roots on power lines, windmill towers and even oil tanks.

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