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The trukey is known for its round body, fan-shaped tail, long neck, and large size. The male has a red wattle that hangs from the side of the head and a caruncle on its forehead.
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The wings of the wild turkey are large and rounded, and even though the ratio of body weight to wing area is one of the highest in any birds, they are powerful enough for the turkey to reach speeds up to 55 mph (89 km/h). This design enables the turkey to escape danger when threatened by a predator. When disturbed, the turkey prefers to run rather than fly.
Ocellated turkey, peafowl
CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Galliformes (chicken-like birds)
GENUS/SPECIES: Meleagris gallopavo
Size: 3–4 ft (0.9–1.2 m) from head to tail
Weight: 8–22 lbs (3.6–10 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Plants, insects, and salamanders