Nesting season is the only time when ocellated turkeys are associated with heavily vegetated areas, called “bajos”.
In bajos, low-lying wet sites, large trees are sparse and rarely exceed 60 feet in height while the understory is choked with thorny shrubs and vines. These low forests consist of either escoba and botan palm, or thick, nearly impenetrable, expanses of tinto or logwood tree. Bajos may be covered with standing water for as many as 6 months of the year.
Ocellated turkeys seldom use these low forests and bajos. During nesting season, however, the edges of the bajos are dry and are used as nesting sites.
• Image | © AppleSlothz, Some Rights Reserved (CC)
• Sources | (Taylor, Quigley, & Gonzalez, 2002)