Turkey, Pheasant (Family Meleagrididae)

 

A turkey is either of two living species of large birds in the Genus
Meleagris. One species, Meleagris gallopavo, commonly known as
the wild turkey, is native to the forests of North America. The other
species, Meleagris ocellata, known as the ocellated turkey, is native
to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico.

 

The domestic turkey is a descendant of the wild turkey and features
prominently in the menu of the U.S. and Canadian holidays of
Thanksgiving and that of Christmas in many countries.

 

Turkeys are classed in taxonomic Order Galliformes. Within this
order they are relatives of grouse. Turkeys have a distinctive fleshy
wattle that hangs from the underside of the beak, and a fleshy pro-

tuberance that hangs from the top of its beak called a snood. With
wingspans of 1.5–1.8 metres (4.9–5.9 ft), the turkeys are by far the
largest birds in the open forests in which they live. As with many
Galliform species the female (hen) is smaller than the male (tom or
gobbler) and is much less colorful.

 

 

Back to Inventory of Bird Families and Species

Home Page

Park Activities

   Calendar of Events
  
Volunteer Programs

   Park Regulations

Sky Meadows Park
  
Location
   Geography
   Habitats
   Trails
   Visiting Park

   Virtual Tours

Crooked Run Valley

   Historic District

   Architecture Sites

   Mt. Bleak

   Historical Events

   Park History

   Agriculture

Special Projects

   Blue Bird

   Biodiversity Survey

   BioBlitz 

Home Page

Nature Guide

   Purpose

   Databases

   Copyright

Plants

   Trees

   Shrubs

   Vines

   Forbs/Herbs

   Ferns

   Grasses

Animals

   Mammals

   Birds

   Reptiles

   Amphibians

   Fish

   Butterflies

   Bees

Fungi

   Mushrooms

   Lichens