8 surprising facts about turkeys


Everyone knows that the turkey is the main decoration of the table in the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, but few people know that once one of the founding fathers of the United States even suggested replacing the eagle on the image of a national symbol, turkey. This and many other exciting things you did not know about the turkey, then will be presented to your attention.

Turkeys are stones in their stomachs

There is such a part in turkey for the kids just will not fight for the holiday table at Thanksgiving: part of the stomach of birds that call the second stomach contains small stones ingested a bird in search of food. Also known as Bezoars (stones, consisting of densely matted hair or fiber plants in the stomach or intestine of the animal, rarely a man), these polished stones to help break down food in the digestive process, because the birds are no teeth.

Turkeys are also red with excitement

When the turkey is somewhat scared, excited, excited or sick, the vulnerable skin of her head and neck can turn from their usual pale pink or bluish-gray color in red, white or blue. And during the mating season the male turkey shackle becomes scarlet, reflecting its increased levels of sex hormones. Fleshy appendage of the skin, hanging above the beak of a bird that is called "trunk" also turns bright red when the bird is excited.

Turkeys have a periscope vision

Many hunters probably know that the turkey has excellent vision. As the eyes of birds are found on both sides of their heads, turkeys inherent periscope vision, which allows them to see objects that are not in the direct field of view. Turkeys, as described in the book of James Dixon "Wild turkey: the structure and habitation", can turn its head 360 degrees.

Wild turkeys can fly

Wild turkeys can fly at a speed of about 89 kilometers per hour. However, they are not often seen in the sky, as they prefer to feed on the ground with grass, seeds, acorns, berries and small insects such as, for example, grasshoppers. The myth of the inability of turkeys fly arose from the fact that many species of domestic turkeys, such as broad-white turkey, breed, which is used for commercial purposes, it is not flying.

Franklin loved turkeys

Apparently, Benjamin Franklin was a big fan of fried turkey. As we know, he is in one of his letters to his daughter wished to make the turkey the national symbol of America, which would greatly distinguished her from others in this country.

Turkey meat causes drowsiness

If you feel some weakness after a traditional meal at Thanksgiving, the bird on your table may be partly to blame. Meat turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid that the body uses to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps regulate sleep. Other types of foods rich in tryptophan include cheese, nuts, and shellfish.

Females do not gobble turkey

Do not be discouraged if the turkey in the petting zoo refuses to gobble in response to your calls, as in all probability it is a female, which is also called a hen. Male turkeys are called turkeys, as only they are able to issue these unusual sounds gobble. Each male turkey has its own unique "technique" gobble, which in combination with the gait helps them to attract females during mating. Females turkeys cluck and communicate through small noises like twitter.

Turkeys sleep in trees

Due to the fact that turkeys are quite large and heavy birds - adult wild turkey weighs about 17 pounds, according to the National Federation of turkeys - it is widely believed that these hefty birds live entirely on the ground. In fact, turkeys prefer to sleep sitting on the tops of trees, where they are safe from predators such as coyotes, foxes and raccoons.

Original: LiveScience

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