Some fun turkey facts !
Ben Franklin wanted the national bird to be the turkey
Turkeys can drown if they look up in the rain
A female turkey is called a Turk, or a hen
A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour!
Wild turkeys can fly at speeds up to 50 mph.
Turkeys have heart attacks. When the air force was conducting field tests that broke the sound barrier, fiords of turkeys would drop dead.
Turkeys heads change colors when they are excited
Only male turkeys gobble. The females make a clicking noise.
45 million turkeys are eaten each thanksgiving
Turkey anatomy glossary :
- The snood: the long flap of flesh that hangs over the beak
- The Wattle: the red skin that hangs from the neck
- The caruncle: the fleshy bumps on the head and neck
Baby turkeys are called poults
A group of turkeys is called a flock
The native American name for turkey is firkee, perhaps explaining the origin of the name
Turkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the western hemisphere
The ballroom dance called the turkey trot is named for the short, jerky steps it makes