Thursday, October 08, 2015

Thursday Thirteen #415 - When Turkeys Fight

I thought turkeys fought like roosters, using spurs on their legs to go after one another. But a turkey fight outside my house Monday morning proved otherwise.

They fight with their heads. Essentially, they try to strangle one another. Here are 13 photos I took of this event as it occurred outside my window.

First they butt heads.

Then they started wrapping their heads around one another. There was another turkey there acting as referee.

The fight was quite vicious.

Here they go, each one fighting for dominance.

Trying to wrap their heads around one another.

They are locked in a deadly battle.

Joined so tightly they look like conjoined twins!

The referee did not intervene.

They turned around. Look how red one of the bird's head is.

At times they fanned their tail feathers as they fought.

I was sure one of them would break the other's neck.

It was rather terrifying to watch.

Finally, one caved in, and the three moved on.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 415th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. yikes they mean business and charleston wow

  2. Wow! I've seen them trying to chase one another off, but have never seen this sort of viciousness. My T13

  3. Ha! What a lot of drama. And you had a front row seat!

  4. Ha! What a lot of drama. And you had a front row seat!

  5. I'm laughing out loud at these photos. Thank you!

  6. We used to have turkeys on the farm when we were kids. They're not the smartest birds. I wonder what would happen if one turkey decided to fight like a rooster.

  7. oh wow, that would be scary to watch! i'm glad one wasn't killed!


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