June 2017: Ocellated Turkey


Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata)

Summer is starting as the month of June begins! This month’s featured animal species is the Ocellated Turkey, a member of the Phasianidae family and part of the larger Aves class.



Learn more about the radiant and colorful ocellated turkey. Watch videos, view images, and read through publications and other resources all about the bird on the June 2017 FaunaFocus page, a hub for ocellated turkey research, media, and discovery. Learn even more about the avian by checking FaunaFocus.com and @FaunaFocus on Twitter daily for bite-sized FaunaFacts.



Let inspiration strike! Create something with the ocellated turkey in mind, whether it be a fictional story, simple poem, layered watercolor, interpretive dance, whatever medium you most resonate with! Do you see abstractions in the turkey’s feathers? Can you find a story within its beady eyes? Do the wild, metallic and shimmering colors inspire a unique color palette to utilize in your next artwork? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, everyone has the ability to create. Try something new or hone your craft. Just let the ocellated turkey spark your imagination!



Let’s focus on the ocellated turkey together! Find a family of wildlife-lovers on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team or in the FaunaFocus Discord Server, or browse the hashtag #FaunaFocus to find more turkey-themed content! Livestream your creative process or record it in a video. Tweet about your own research and findings, or discuss and identify in the Discord channels. Post your sketches, works-in-progress, and final creations on the social media of your choice. Don’t forget the hashtag!



For an extra challenge, enter the Fauna Free-For-All! Submit your best ocellated turkey-inspired creation to be live-judged on Twitch at the end of the month. Allow your artwork to be critiqued to find your strengths and weaknesses and improve your work in the future. All artists, artforms, and media are eligible, just don’t miss the deadline!



Roberto González



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