Dave Tranchell of Hamburg, NY provided NYOutdoorTalk.com with a video of a battle between two male turkeys talking place in his backyard. The confrontation was filmed by his neighbor in early March.
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Eric Thomas of Bristol Hills Outfitters reviewed the video for us. He said, "The video shows what looks to be two-year-old, sub-adult males fighting for the same territory. This is normal springtime behavior during the lead-up to mating. Each bird liked what was there and was trying to chase the other off.
"It would have been interesting if there was a hen there, then the fight would have been more intense. Conversely, if the two sub-adults knew there was a tom in the area, there most likely wouldn’t have been a fight at all."
According to Tranchell's neighbor, the fight lasted for 25-30 minutes before one of the birds was chased off.