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By Diane Sieker

A short history of the North American turkey


Last updated 11/23/2018 at 12:35am

Diane Sieker

This Royal Palm tom is trying to impress the ladies.

Turkeys are popular, and whether people are commenting on their apparent lack of intelligence, pretty feathers, delicious taste and how clever their wild relatives can be, they have an important place in the history of our country as well as on holiday dinner tables.

The common turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is an indigenous game bird of North America and occurs over a wide range in the U.S. Turkeys were domesticated long ago for their eggs, feathers and meat.

This domestication was begun by the Native Peoples of pre-Columbian Mexico. Upon their discovery by the Spaniards, turkeys crossed t...

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