[CT Birds] Odd turkey video

teustis at killingworthlibrary.org teustis at killingworthlibrary.org
Sat Mar 4 09:19:19 EST 2017

It's most likely "predator inspection behavior", as mentioned in this
NPR article:
When we had wild turkeys hanging out in our yard (for a decade, so we
got used their peculiarities), I saw them do this once to our small
female cat, as she desperately tried to take a bathroom break in our
garden. I thought it was hysterical, but it made Guinevere so neurotic
about going to the bathroom after that - she'd howl when she got in the
litterbox, as if to say "I'm going now! Keep the turkeys away!" Other
than that instance, our cats and the turkeys lived in a peaceful,
respectful coexistence.
:-)  Tammy Eustis, Chester

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [CT Birds] Odd turkey video
From: Larry Havey via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, March 03, 2017 10:02 pm
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org

Can anyone correctly explain what's behind this strange behavior by
turkeys in this video? My family keeps emailing me because I guess I'm
"bird guy" in the family. But I'm stumped on this one.


Larry Havey
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