Hawaiian Turkey

Wild turkeys were the first bird species to be introduced to post-contact Hawaii when a number of domesticated birds were brought to the archipelago from China in 1788. By 1789 they had bred 20 young and by 1825 they were abundant on Oahu. Continued introductions from 1815 to 1963, including 400 wild Texas turkeys, along with escaped domestic stock have resulted in established wild populations throughout the islands.

SOURCES: 

  • http://www.hawaiilife.com/articles/2009/11/where-did-all-these-big-island-turkeys-come-from/
  • http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/pdfs/02-Galliformes-Procellariiformes/WITU.pdf

Hawaiian Turkey

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