Strutting, posing, gobbling, fluffing, more strutting, this magnificent tom made his way across the yard to the bird feeder and spent most of the morning and a lot of the afternoon there. A few of his many poses to show off his colors.
Little appreciated factoids about one of our national treasures:
- Turkeys really can fly! Fast, in fact, up to 60 mph for a short 1/4 mile stretch. This is an even more impressive feat when you consider that wild males can weigh over 10 kg (more than 20 pounds) but have a meager wingspan of just over 1 meter (around 4 feet). Compared with a Great Blue Heron, which has roughly the same wingspan, but 1/10 the body weight, turkeys are flying tanks!
- Why is this bird called a turkey, instead of the Great Breasted Iridescent Pheasant? Blame it on the British, who were confused about where they were getting their game birds. British imports coming from both Asia and the Americas once went through Istanbul (Constantinople, then). The British simply called the birds by the name of their import origin — Turkey, and the name stuck.