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Favorite Images of Turkeys
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A list of my favorite images of turkeys.
The turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris, which is native to the Americas.
One species, Meleagris gallopavo (commonly known as the wild turkey or domestic turkey), is native to the forests of North America, mainly Mexico and the United States.
The other living species is Meleagris ocellata or the ocellated turkey, native to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Males of both turkey species have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak (called a snood).
They are among the largest birds in their ranges. As in many galliformes, the male is larger and much more colorful than the female.
Several other birds that are sometimes called turkeys are not particularly closely related: the brushturkeys are megapodes, and the bird sometimes known as the "Australian turkey" is the Australian bustard (Ardeotis australis). The anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) is sometimes called a water turkey, from the shape of its tail when the feathers are fully spread for drying.
When Europeans first encountered turkeys in America, they incorrectly identified the birds as a type of guineafowl and therefore members of a group of birds which were thought to typically come from the country of Turkey. The name of the North American bird thus became "turkey fowl", which was then shortened to just "turkey".
In 1550, the English navigator William Strickland introduced the turkey into England.
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