Surprising Facts about Christmas Turkey

Turkey is an interesting bird native to United States of America. Most of the people enjoy a classic Christmas dinner with a turkey and all the trappings. This humble turkey will bring yummy pleasure and happiness to many tables in this festive time, and we have decided to pay homage to this amazing bird by presenting these surprising facts.


  • The color of a turkey’s head and throat will change depending on their mood.
  • Turkeys are able to recognize each other from their voices.
  • A part of the turkey’s stomach – the gizzard, contains small stones that help in digestion.
  • Male turkeys produce spiral droppings and the female produce ‘J’ shaped droppings.
  • We call them turkeys because Turkish traders brought the birds to England from Spain.
  • The French thought turkeys came from India, so called it dinde: d’Inde means from India.
  • A female turkey is a hen and the male is a tom. Only male turkeys make a gobbling sound, so they are called as gobblers.
  • Wild turkeys can run at the speed of 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
  • Wild turkeys sleep in trees away from predators — this is natural roosting behavior that even domesticated turkeys will try to do.
  • Ben Franklin wanted the turkey, rather than the bald eagle, to be the national bird of the United States.
  • Turkeys form social bonds with their flock mates and family, sometimes even travel in wild with groups.
  • Turkeys don’t have external ears but their hearing capacity is good. They have an impressive vision capacity of 270 degrees and can see in color.

When you are waiting for turkeys to cook in the oven, why not share these interesting turkey facts with your friends and family members.

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