13 Terrific Turkey Facts

13 Terrific Turkey Facts


Turkey is the large size bird native to America. The domestication of turkey has been recorded to be more than 800 BC. Different parts of turkey like the feathers, skins were used to make ropes and blankets by our ancestors. The domestic turkeys are larger than wild due to selective breeding. Turkey is often considered as the largest game bird found in the world.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the prime time for the high demand of turkey meat. The consumption of the turkey meat is accelerated in this duration. Also, the public interest in the turkey rises in this period.

Turkey facts


1. Snood


Male turkey has the fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak is known as the snood.

2. Sexual dimorphism


Male is heavier and more colorful than female.

3. Sound


It is estimated that turkey can produce more than twenty different types of sounds.  These are louder meant to hear from the long distance.

4. Flight


The domestic turkey has lost the ability to flight due to the lateritic size whereas wild turkey can fly at the high speed at short distance.

5. Poult


Poult is incapable of flight for the first few weeks and the mother stays and takes care of them.

6. Male mating ritual


Like the peacock, the male turkey uses the fancy tails to attract the mate.

7. Popularity


Due to the popularity of Turkey in North America. Benjamin Franklin purposed to make the turkey as the national bird instead of Bald Eagle.

8. Diet


The diet of wild turkey comprises of small insects, Seeds, Wild berries, etc.

9. Hatching of egg


It takes around the month for the egg to hatch.

10. Turkey meat


The protein contains in the turkey meat is higher than other protein sources. Because of the low content of saturated fat in turkey meat, this is considered as the healthier diet than dark meat.

11. Weight


The weight of the turkey varies greatly; the weight of the mature turkey can range from 30 to 86 pounds. Further, the domestic turkey is heavier than the wild.

12. Egg


Turkey eggs are edibles and highly nutritious. Due to the unwillingness of the farmers to sell eggs as the bird's hatch from the egg is far valuable than the egg. Further, due to its high price, it is not widely consumed.


13. Lifespan



It is estimated that the average life span of the wild turkey is around three years. The age of turkey can go up to 15 years.

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