March 9, 2022 In Conservation 101
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.