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Turkey
life expectancy:10 years
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History [ edit ]

The Turkey has no relation with the country of the same name. The domesticated turkey descends from the wild variety Meleagris gallopavo.

The male is called Turkey, the female is referred as hen and the offspring as chicks.

The turkey is very popular as a meat producer, since it is less expensive to breed for the amount of meat produced. Humans also consume the eggs, but the feathers are other attraction.
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Description [ edit ]

Turkeys are large birds, specially the types bred for meat. Their wings are short, but they make short flights. Turkeys have a red wattle that hangs from the throat.  

The males have iridescent plumage that is very sought after for commercial purposes. Hens have duller colors and are smaller than males. Females weigh in average up to 5 kg, while males can go up to 11 kg.

There are six subspecies of the Meleagris gallopavo that vary in size and coloration.
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Temperament [ edit ]

Turkeys are polygynous and attract females by gobbling and exhibiting the tail and wings. They are social birds, that live in groups, specially during winter.

Turkeys are diurnal and they spend their time looking for food, grazing fields.  

Turkeys have a fame of being dumb animals, but they aren’t less intelligent than the other similar birds. They are fast and are able to fly, although not very far. However, their flights are extremely fast. The speed record for a turkey flight is nearly 90 km/h.
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Diet [ edit ]

Turkeys are omnivorous. The majority of their diets is green food, but they also feed on insects and small reptiles.
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