The turkey is a large bird in the genusMeleagris, which is native to the Americas. Males of both turkey species have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak (called a snood). They are among the largest birds in their ranges. As in many galliformes, the male is larger and much more colorful than the female.
This article is about all species of turkey. For the country, see Turkey. For other uses, see Turkey (disambiguation). Quick facts: Scientific classification, Species …
Temporal range: 23–0 Ma
Early Miocene – Recent ￼Wild turkeyScientific classification￼Kingdom:AnimaliaPhylum:ChordataClass:AvesOrder:GalliformesFamily:PhasianidaeSubfamily:MeleagridinaeGenus:Meleagris
Linnaeus, 1758SpeciesM. gallopavoM. ocellata
Close ￼Meleagris gallopavo - MHNT
Turkeys are classed in the family of Phasianidae (pheasants, partridges, francolins, junglefowl, grouse, and relatives thereof) in the taxonomic order of Galliformes. The genus Meleagris is the only extant genus in the subfamily Meleagridinae, formerly known as the family Meleagrididae, but now subsumed within the family Phasianidae.
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History and naming ￼Plate 1 of The Birds of America by John James Audubon, depicting a wild turkey
Turkeys were domesticated in ancient Mexico, for food and/or for their cultural and symbolic significance. The Aztecs, for example, had a name for the turkey, wueh-xōlō-tl (guajolote in Spanish), a word still used in modern Mexico in addition to the general term pavo. Spanish chroniclers, including Bernal Diaz del Castilloand Father Bernardino de Sahagun, describe the multitude of food (both raw fruits and vegetables as well as prepared dishes) that were offered in the vast markets (tianguis) of Tenochtitlán, noting there were tamales made of turkey, iguana, chocolate, vegetables, fruit, and more.
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