Considering this is the last Wednesday of November and the week after Thanksgiving I decided to take a look at Weird things about Turkey.
(The bird, not the country)
Or in other words…. the Quirky Turkey.
- Turkeys can drown if they look up when it’s raining
- Turkeys generally spend the night in trees
- The Wild Turkey was Ben Franklin’s choice for the National bird
- There are approximately 5,500 feathers on a turkey
- Loud explosions have been known to bring on heart attacks in turkeys
(That explains Elmer Fudd saying… be vewy vewy qwy-yet)
- A full grown turkey can fly 55 mph.
- June is National Turkey Lover’s month. (June???)
- In the 1930s the Wild Turkey was almost extinct.
(Their population today exceeds seven million)
- The first “Presidential Pardon” came from Truman in 1947
Hen – a female turkey.
Poult – a baby turkey. A chick.
Tom – a male turkey. Also known as a gobbler.
Caruncle – brightly colored growths on the throat region. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
Gizzard – a part of a bird’s stomach that contains tiny stones. It helps them grind up food for digestion.
Snood – the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey’s beak. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
Wattle – the flap of skin under the turkey’s chin. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
Scientific genus and species: Meleagris gallopavo