Can both domestic and wild turkeys fly ??? Photoes appreciated.


11 Years
Jul 2, 2011
Hi members,
I am wondering...Can both domestic turkeys and wild turkeys fly ???

Photoes of domestic turkeys and wild turkeys in flight, would be appreciated.

I never known turkeys to fly and domestic & wild tom (male adult) turkeys seem flightless & incapable of flight.


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Yes both can fly, but they can't fly like sparrows-- they fly short distances
turkeys can fly up to 55mph from a tree 150 feet high and they can run up to 25mph
it just depends on what kind of turkey it is.
I do have a video of my turkey flying (short distance-- it was about from 7 ft high)
she also used to fly to the roof of my house.

I can't show you the video because I don't know how to add a video

hope i helped, if you have any questions just PM me (I don't respond to threads)
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You should be able to find lots of photos online of turkeys flying. Wild turkeys are great fliers. I once saw on flying over a 8 lane highway above the trees. At night they roost in trees. Heritage breed turkeys can fly too, some better then others. The broad breasted varieties would not be able to fly due to their weight.
What is "golden narragansett" ??? I never heard before...what they look like ???
Tom turkeys I caught in 1990s, weighted 8-10 kg and I am not sure whether 8-10 kg adult toms are able to fly for 10-20 yards or not.
I don't think they normally just take off in flight from the ground, but they are very good at flying up (into trees, on top of houses, etc...) Once they are up higher, they can fly some pretty good distances. I just caught a glimpse of something flying once and was startled to realize that it was a turkey. It must have started pretty high up because it had a lot of altitude and flew at leat 200 feet (more than 66 yards) when it disappeared behind some trees. And it still had alitude to go further. Last winter I had a small building collapse, there were turkeys in it. A White Holland hen jumped up on a part that was about 5 feet high and flew about 50 feet to land on a building that is about 10 feet high. Then she disappeared and was gone for a few months (through a few major snow staorms and temperatures down to -35F) I thought I would never see her again, but about 3 months later she showed up in a neighbors yard and looked great. I am sorry that I don't have any pictures but if you search on line there are plenty of images.
If excited (either preds/or just happy) they'll go straight up and then glide/fly. Wilds/domestics (excepting commercial BB's) will roost as high up as they can (have seen Easterns near top of 60ft. Hickories).

When I'd open gate of temp `coop' (shed was going up) and walk away, I'd have to keep looking over shoulder as the turks would be winging it:


Posted this the other day (this one is just getting warmed up):

I have all sorts of breeds of turkeys, none of them wild. They all roost in trees (often ending up on the roof of my house). Even the broad breasted ones can get up there when they are mid-szed. EVentually they get too heavy to get up into the trees. They all can breech the 5 foot fencing around my property and roam wherever they want. Kind of makes turkeys a pain to raise, cause they can wander off. But I love them all the same. I'll try to get some photos of them flying to the roof of my house.

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