June 2017: Ocellated Turkey

Common Name   Ocellated Turkey
Scientific Name   Meleagris ocellata
Alternate Names   Ucutz Il Chican
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Aves Galliformes Phasianidae Meleagris
  Near Threatened   North America   Diurnal   Social   Omnivore

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 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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