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1 March 2016 Photographic Evidence and Chronology of Nest Parasitism by a Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
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Accounts of obligate nest parasitism (e.g., Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater) are common in the literature; however, reports of facultative nest parasitism are less frequent. Nest parasitism has been documented only rarely in Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo). We obtained photographic evidence of a female Wild Turkey parasitizing an artificial ground nest in Lincoln County, Arkansas, in June 2013. A series of photographs show the turkey finding the nest, moving the eggs 0.3 m from the original nest location, returning twice the following day, and parasitizing the nest by laying a single egg. The actual parasitism event occurred 33–55 hrs after the turkey discovered the nest. We are unaware of other published photographs documenting nest parasitism by Wild Turkeys and this series of photographs provides information on the chronology of nest parasitism by Wild Turkeys.

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Kathryn J. Brautigam, Douglas C. Osborne, and Don White Jr. "Photographic Evidence and Chronology of Nest Parasitism by a Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128(1), 204-207, (1 March 2016). https://doi.org/10.1676/1559-4491-128.1.204
Received: 16 January 2015; Accepted: 1 May 2015; Published: 1 March 2016
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