Meet the Turkey's Glamorous Mexican Cousin
The Thanksgiving dinner favorite is much more sophisticated than you thought.
It's nearly Thanksgiving and time to talk turkey, but these birds are more than just a holiday tradition.
From elaborate courtship displays to flying, here are some surprising facts you may not have known about the dinnertime favorite. (Read how turkeys can swim and more surprising facts.)
The wild turkey has six subspecies and a glamorous cousin from Central America. What better time than Thanksgiving to meet the whole family?
Male ocellated turkeys, which range throughout Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, sports copper and emerald feathers and a blue face. Female feathers are more subdued.
“What a gorgeous bird,” says Bob Mulvihill of the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. The term ocellated comes from the eyespot pattern on its tail,