Get to Know: The Turkey

Get to Know: The Turkey

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When we think of the Thanksgiving holiday there are a few key components that come to mind: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, football, spending time with family, and eating turkey! This blog post will take a closer look at the holiday’s mascot and reveal interesting facts we’ve gathered on this bird!

The Wild Turkey is native to the forests of North America, and is a relative of the grouse family. When first encountered by Europeans on American soil, turkeys were incorrectly identified as a type of guineafowl, which had been imported to Central Europe through Turkey. Guineafowl were also known as turkey fowl, and therefore were in short called turkeys. This is how the name turkey came to stick with this bird.

The most recognizable feature of the turkey is a fleshy growth on the front of its head. This is called the snood, or sometimes the dewbill. The wattle is the pouch-like area at the front of the turkey’s throat. These features are a red shade, but when the male turkey begins his mating dance the region becomes vividly red.

The wild turkey can fly up to 55 miles per hour for short distances. They’re able to move quickly on foot, with running speeds of around 25 miles per hour. Their domestic counterparts are unable to fly. At maturity about 3,500 feathers cover this bird.

Benjamin Franklin was a great fan of the wild turkey. He proposed that it be the national bird, rather than the bald eagle. He was fascinated by their bright plumage and ability to fly with relativity to their size.

Five hundred twenty-five million pounds of turkey are eaten on Thanksgiving, stemming from the average 45 million turkeys that are cooked. On average, 90% of American homes serve turkey for the Thanksgiving holiday, where only 50% do for the Christmas holiday. With popularity like this, it is no wonder the turkey is so wildly known in the U.S.

We at Zareba Systems are thankful for this amazing bird and its contribution to our Thanksgiving Holiday. We are also thankful for the business of our customers and wish to continue to serve them. Please join us on Facebook and share what you are thankful for this holiday season!