#MacroMonday - The beard of a turkey is actually a cluster of modified bristle-like feathers that grow out of a male Wild Turkey’s chest. These feathers are covered in a waxy substance and resemble broom bristles to the touch. In less than 10% of turkeys, they may grow more than one beard due to multiple papillas— the organs from which these special feathers emerge. In the case of this close-up of a harvested turkey, we are looking at a rare triple beard. Every Spring, some lucky turkey hunters thrill to the experience of bagging a multi-bearded turkey. Several seasons ago, a junior hunter in Pennsylvania harvested a very unique gobbler that had 13 beards!