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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Iridescent Ocellated Turkey

A relative of our Wild Turkey, the Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) is a more colorful species residing primarily in the forests in Mexico. Males of both turkey species have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak (called a snood). They are among the largest birds in their ranges.

However Ocellated turkeys feathers are iridescent green, bronze, blue, and black and they have a featherless powder-blue head speckled with red and orange fleshy nodules. They also have tail feathers with the green-blue 'eyespots' edged in a metallic bronze color, from which its name is derived (ocelli or 'eye' in Latin).

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