June 2017: Ocellated Turkey

Scientific Name Meleagris ocellata
Alternate Name Gobbler (Male), Hen (Female), Pavo, Pavo Ocelado, Poult (Young), Ucutz Il Chican
Collective Name Gang, Rafter,Posse
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Aves Galliformes Phasianidae Meleagris
North America Forest, Savanna, Shrubland, Grassland, Artificial/Terrestrial
71-122 cm. 28-48 in. 2-7 kg. 6-15 lb.
170 cm. 67 in. (Wingspan) 7 yr. (Generation)
Near Threatened Social Diurnal
Decreasing Polygynous Omnivore
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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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Source: BirdLife International and Handbook of the Birds of the World (2016) 2000. Meleagris ocellata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2018-2

 

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https://faunafocus.com/ocellated-turkey/#jp-carousel-1388 Ocellated Turkey - An ocellated turkey's tail spots are similar to a peacock's, causing scientists to once believe it was more related to peafowl.
https://faunafocus.com/ocellated-turkey/#jp-carousel-1207 Ocellated Turkey - Ocellated turkeys are not nearly as vocal as the other species and subspecies of turkey.
https://faunafocus.com/ocellated-turkey/#jp-carousel-1197 Ocellated Turkey - Several zoos in the United States have ocellated turkeys on display, but few have bred the birds successfully.

 

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