Jake With No Tail Feathers

While hiking, I found several turkey tail feathers scattered on the ground.  Who lost these, I wondered, and how did it happen?

When I checked my trial camera I saw who lost them.  The video shows a pair of jakes one of which has no tail feathers at all.

But I still don’t know how this jake would come to be missing all his tail feathers at once.  I doubt that they all moult and fall out at once because that would make flying difficult since birds use their tails as a rudder to steer in flight and as a brake when landing.

It’s doubtful a predator got hold of the tail and pulled out all of the eighteen feathers in a turkey’s tail.

If anyone has seen this before or understands what’s going on here, please leave a comment.





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