Tail feathers are of the same length in adults, different lengths in juveniles.
Males typically have a "beard", a tuft of coarse hair (modified feathers) growing from the center of the breast. In some populations, 10 to 20% of females have a beard, usually shorter and thinner than that of the male.
When males are excited, a fleshy flap on the bill expands, and this, the wattles and the bare skin of the head and neck all become engorged with blood, almost concealing the eyes and bill.
The long fleshy object over a male's beak is called a snood.
Each foot has three toes in front, with a shorter, rear-facing toe in back; males have a spur behind each of their lower legs.
Male turkeys have a long, dark, fan-shaped tail and glossy bronze wings.
The wings are relatively small, as is typical of the galliform order, and the wingspan ranges from 1.25 to 1.44 m (4 ft 1 in to 4 ft 9 in).
The wing chord is only 20 to 21.4 cm (7.9 to 8.4 in).
The British at the time therefore associated the wild turkey with the country Turkey and the name prevails.
They usually fly close to the ground for no more than 400 m (a quarter mile).
Turkeys have many vocalizations: "gobbles", "clucks", "putts", "purrs", "yelps", "cutts", "whines", "cackles", and "kee-kees".
Adult wild turkeys have long reddish-yellow to grayish-green legs.
The body feathers are generally blackish and dark, sometimes grey brown overall with a coppery sheen that becomes more complex in adult males.