Turkey Time

by chrisk 4. October 2012 00:39

October brings turkeys to mind, and while we’re all familiar with wings, legs and breasts, there are some other interesting parts on the bird:

Caruncle: The coloured growths over the head and neck.

Snood: The flap of skin that hangs over the turkey’s beak.

Wattle: The flap of skin under the turkey’s chin.

The caruncle, snood and wattle are all usually pale until the turkey gets upset or excited by courtship, which turns them a bright crimson red.

Spurs: The button-like appendages protruding from the back of the leg, a few inches above the foot. Males use them to fend off other males in the fight for dominance over a gathering harem of hens.

Fan: The prominent feature you see when a tom struts. Made up of 18 tail feathers, 12 to 15 inches long. Toms display the fans to attract females during the breeding season.

 

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