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.
Jim will present “The Activities of the Loomis Gang in the Town of Madison.” The meal will feature a buffet lunch of turkey, roast beef, mashed potatoes, salad, gravy, mixed vegetables, and warm apple crisp with coffee ... Madison/MorrisvilleAmerican LegionPost 1556 monthly meeting will take place at 6.30 p.m., 3606South St., Madison.
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Toys and Thanksgiving turkeys could be harder to find this holiday season ... Thanksgiving turkeys ... One of the largest turkey suppliers in the US, Shady Brook Farms, told The NewYorkPost that the industry is struggling with production issues, as well as a lack of workers.
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Turkey’s president on Thursday praised his four-day tour of three African countries this week, including Angola, Togo and Nigeria, calling it “productive.” ...Erdogan also posted a graphic showing data on Turkey’s trade volume with African countries and the number of Turkish embassies opened on the continent.
If you've been through Bensalem lately, then you might have seen him — the most famous wild turkey in Bucks County... Ben the Turkey ... Ben even has his own Facebook page, “Bensalem’s Turkey Trot,” that has (so far) more than 3,000 fans.
While briefing Píriz on post-war security atmosphere in the region, Defense Minister Karapetyan said that NATO member Turkey’s involvement in the has significantly affected Armenia’s trust in the North Atlantic security organization and its role to ensure regional stability and peace.