In this video segment from Nature: "My Life as a Turkey", wildlife artist and naturalist Joe Hutto reflects upon wild turkeys' complex system of communication. Hutto lived with 16 wild turkeys for more than a year and gained valuable insight into their methods of communication. In this segment, he explains how wild turkeys are able to use their vocalizations to clearly describe different species and to distinguish one species from another. He mentions that he was able to identify over 30 specific calls, as well as inflections wild turkeys use to convey additional meaning. (Note: The segment features voiced narration by Joe Hutto and a recreation of Hutto's experiences with the wild turkeys by Jeff Palmer.)
This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.
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