Gobble, Drum, Boom

Spring bird courtship brings its own unique noisemakers.

  • Wild turkey toms strut by puffing out feathers, dropping their wings, fanning their tail and often adding a loud gobble.
  • Male ruffed grouse pick a favorite downed log then, with increasingly faster wingbeats, “drum” to attract a hen.
  • Male prairie chickens gather to strut while passing air through special sacks to create a repetitive booming sound to impress hens.