The turkey is a large bird in the genusMeleagris, which is native to the Americas. One species, Meleagris gallopavo (commonly known as the domestic turkey or wild turkey), is native to the forests of North America, mainly Mexico and the United States. The other living species is Meleagris ocellata or the ocellated turkey, native to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula. Males of both turkey species have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak (called a snood). They are among the largest birds in their ranges. As in many galliformes, the male is larger and much more colorful than the female.
Turkeys are classed in the family of Phasianidae (pheasants, partridges, francolins, junglefowl, grouse and relatives) in the taxonomicorder of Galliformes. The genus Meleagris is the only genus in the subfamily Meleagridinae, formerly known as the family Meleagrididae, but now subsumed within the family Phasianidae.
History and naming
When Europeans first encountered turkeys in America, they incorrectly identified the birds as a type of guineafowl– i.e., as members of a group of birds which were thought to typically come from the country of Turkey. The name of the North American bird thus became "turkey fowl", which was then shortened to just "turkey". In 1550, the English navigator William Strickland, who had introduced the turkey into England, was granted a coat of arms including a "turkey-cock in his pride proper".
Ampelographers estimate that Turkey is home to between 600–1200 indigenous varieties of Vitis vinifera (the Europeangrapevine), though less than 60 of these are grown commercially. With over 1,500,000 acres (6,100km2) planted under vine, Turkey is the world's fourth-leading producer of grapes.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey's first president, established the country's first commercial winery in 1925. According to the OIV, the total wine production in 2005 was 287,000 hl. In the first half of 2009, wine consumption in Turkey reached 20,906,762 litres.
Turkey has troops deployed in northern Syria after Ankara carried out three major incursions into the war-torn country since 2016. Turkey has military posts in different parts of Syria’s north that borders Turkey ...All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission. .
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities on Saturday arrested and jailed in Istanbul a convicted member of an outlawed militant group who was extradited from Sweden where he had fled, Turkey’s state-run news agency said ... Anadolu said Tat was flown from Stockholm to Istanbul overnight, fulfilling Turkey’s extradition request.
50 years ago. Nov. 30, 1972. Local turkey grower featured on news Thanksgiving Day. Included in a television news broadcast the evening of Thanksgiving Day was an interview with Elmer Stoller surrounded by his turkeys on the Stoller turkey ranch in the Rickreall-Independence area ... Pens and turkeys can be seen at times from the Salem highway ... Dec. 1, 1982.
The plants stay in the facility dining room where there is good lighting ...President ... President ... Let’s talk turkey, or 3 ... The Preston6th WardPrimary children had an activity at the church watching the church-wide Primary “Friend-To-Friend” Broadcast held last week. They made a turkey out of cracker packs and feathers out of fake leaves and googly eyes.
Now on to more highs and lows of the broadcast.. The Turkey Leg Winner... “He is the kind of guy John Madden just absolutely loved,” said Nantz of the legendary announcer who was honored on all Thanksgiving broadcasts. “Give that Turkey Leg Award This would have been his guy.”.
As these shows wind down, with the weather improving throughout South Dakota and Nebraska, numerous activities will open up, with the spring fishing beginning to improve as hunters count the days before the spring turkey season arrives.