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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Close-up of turkey snood and wattle

The snood is the fleshy protuberance on the forehead of turkeys, not to be confused with wattles, the fleshy bits under the neck. When a male turkey is strutting during a courtship display, the snood engorges with blood, becomes redder and elongates several centimeters, hanging well below the beak. Female wild turkeys prefer to mate with long-snooded males, and male turkeys defer to males with relatively longer snoods.

In birds, wattles are often an ornament for courting potential mates. Large wattles are correlated with high testosterone levels, good nutrition, and the ability to evade predators, which in turn indicates a potentially successful mate.  

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