Do Only Male Turkeys Gobble?
Myth

Only male turkey's gobble.

Male “tom” turkeys and female “hen” turkeys both “gobble”, but typically male turkeys “gobble” while female turkeys make a sound more like “yelp”.

A video showing a hen gobbling.

FACT: Male turkeys are sometimes called “toms” or “gobblers”. This is because they are typically the ones who make a gobbling sound, but it’s a myth that they are the only ones who can gobble.

Do Only Male Turkeys Gobble?

Why Do Turkeys Gobble?

Male turkeys gobble to announce their presence to females (hens) and competing males. Hens typically make a sound like “yelp” rather than one like gobble, but sometimes male turkeys yelp and hens gobble.[1]

FACT: A turkey’s gobble can carry over a mile.

What Other Sounds Do Turkeys Make?

Adult turkeys also make a number of other noises including those that sound like “clucks”, “putts”, “purrs”, “yelps”, “cutts”, “whines”, “cackles”, and “kee-kees”.[1]



Conclusion

While male turkeys tend to make “gobble” sounds and females tend to make “yelp” sounds, all turkeys (male or female) gobble.


References

  1. Wild turkey“. Wikipedia.org. Nov 25, 2015.


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Jeff Bennett on

female wild turkey gobble and display like a male when she not
With her young

Thomas DeMichele on

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.