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Turkey

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Meleagris gallopavo
Turkey

Other Names for Me

A female turkey is called a hen. A male turkey is called a tom. A baby turkey is called a poult.

About Me

They are native to North America and were introduced around the world. Domestic turkeys are bigger than their wild relatives and cannot fly as they do. Turkeys make a gobbling sound when startled or attracting a mate. Males also display to females by spreading their tail feathers and strutting about.

Body Traits

They are often white, compared to wild turkeys that are brown. They are covered with feathers except on their fleshy head and neck. The loose, bumpy skin on the head and neck can be bright red and even blue around the face. This is called the caruncle and can turn even brighter when the turkey is upset or attracting a mate. A flap of this skin hangs down over the beak and is called the snood. The part hanging under the neck is called the wattle.

Diet

They are omnivores eating both plant matter and insects.

What I Provide for People

Turkeys give us meat and feathers and more turkeys!

Turkey

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turkey coloring page

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The Sound That Turkeys Make
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