Turkeys are one of the most famous birds in North America. In fact, Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey, not the Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States. Turkeys are smart, sensitive, and curious birds. They’re simply full of personality and feathered swagger!
Here are 10 Amazing Facts About Turkeys You Should Know
1. You can tell the gender of a turkey from its poop.
Males leave poop in the shape of a “J” and females leave their poop in a spiral shape. The variations come about because of internal anatomy differences between males and females. A primitive sex organ in that anatomical area that is in male turkeys and other birds may also influence the shape for males.
2. Turkeys Will Fight You.
Turkeys follow a strict pecking order and are known to attack birds and even people they deem subordinate, especially during the spring mating season. People who have suffered turkey attacks recommend not looking at the birds in the eye.
In Brookline, Massachusetts, people don’t chicken out when confronted by wild turkeys. Town officials encourage residents to clang pots, yell, spray the turkeys with hoses and swat them away with brooms.
3. The ability to hear is great.
Turkeys have great hearing, but no external ears. They have an amazing field of vision of about 270 degrees and are able to see in color.