June 2017: Ocellated Turkey

Scientific Name   Meleagris ocellata
Alternate Name   Pavo Ocelado, Ucutz Il Chican
Collective Name   Gang, Rafter, Posse
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Aves Galliformes Phasianidae Meleagris
  Near Threatened   Diurnal   Social   Omnivore
  North America   Forest, Savanna, Shrubland, Grassland, Artificial/Terrestrial
  71-122 cm.   28-48 in.   170 cm.   67 in. (Wingspan)
  2-7 kg.   6-15 lb.   7 yr. (Generation)
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The ocellated turkey (Meleagris ocellata,) is one of only two species of turkey in the world. It is the smallest of all turkeys within the Phasianidae family, categorized under the order, Galliformes. As an avian, the ocellated turkey has feathers and sports a metallic lustrous plumage that radiates with colors and patterns. The ocellated turkey was named for the spots on its tail feathers and is speculated to have been a close relative to the peafowl because of the resemblance in appearance. This colorful bird resides in the Yucatan peninsula and is categorized as “Near Threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

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