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Turkey

Turkey
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Turkey

About

The turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris, which is native to the Americas. One species, Meleagris gallopavo, is native to the forests of North America, mainly Mexico and the United States.

Fun Facts
  • The wild turkey was hunted nearly to extinction by the early 1900s, when the population reached a low of around 30,000 birds. But restoration programs across North America have brought the numbers up to seven million today./li>
  • A turkey’s gender can be determined from its droppings–males produce spiral-shaped poop and females’ poop is shaped like the letter J.
  • Turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
Conservation

Lowest risk; does not qualify for a higher risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.