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Scientific Name Meleagris gallopavo


The wild turkey of North America rarely exceeds 20 pounds in weight. Females weigh only half as much. Commercially, turkeys are selectively bred to have shorter legs, larger breasts, and to weigh more.
The male Common Turkey has iridescent, black plumage with brownish wings, and a white tipped tail that is fanned and cocked in display.

Fun Facts

  • Turkeys are not as smart as chickens. As new poults (newly hatched turkeys), they have to be taught how to eat.
  • In captivity, housing can be similar to that of domestic fowl although turkeys need more space. They do well on free range and are good foragers.

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