Gobblers Battle for Dominance
Turkey gobbler dominance battles vary from simply a menacing look, threatening body posture and chase, to full-blown, down-and-dirty combat.
Wing flogs and spur jabs are the more common behaviors in gobbler fights. Beak stabs, facial and wattle pinches, beak-gagging throwdowns and shoving matches are the hallmarks of a serious and sometimes prolonged fight between mature gobblers as they vie for dominance.
The photo above illustrates skin and caruncle-pinching. A gobbler locks on with its beak and attempts to pull or tug its opponent off-balance. It’s reminiscent of a misbehaving schoolboy being dragged unwillingly by the ear to the principal’s office.
Click through the gallery to view additional examples of gobbler battle tactics and a marathon encounter between two old warriors.
(Tes Randle Jolly photo)