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Monday, November 24, 2014

Some fun trivia about turkeys, the all-American bird

Next Thursday may officially be called Thanksgiving, but it is also Turkey Day! I've put together 5 fun facts for you to use to impress your family at dinner.
1. The Wild Turkey’s popularity at the table led to a its near extinction by the early 1900s, but restoration programs have help the population recover and now turkeys occur in every state except Alaska and Hawaii
2. The turkey is covered by about 6,000 iridescence feathers of varying colors of red, green, copper, bronze and gold. The gobbler, or male turkey, is more colorful, while the hen is a duller color to camouflage her with her surroundings.
3. Wild turkeys have very powerful legs and can run faster than 20 miles per hour and fly up to 55 miles per hour.
4. The adult males, known as toms or gobblers, normally weigh between 16 and 24 pounds while the females, known as hens, usually weigh between 8 and 10 pounds. Very young birds are poults, while juvenile males are jakes and females are jennies. A group of turkeys has many collective nouns, including a "crop", "dole", "gang", "posse", and "raffle" of turkeys.
5. There are a few explanations on how Turkeys were named. One is that in the days when geography was a little sketchy, Europeans sometimes referred to any exotic import as Turkey (i.e. Turkey Bird, Turkey rug, Turkey bag).

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