10 Turkey Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know

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We all know that a turkey tastes delicious.  But how much do you really know about the food that will be on your plate during the holidays?  Check out these 10 facts about the turkey:

  1. The average American eats 18 pounds of turkey every year, and more turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving than on Christmas and Easter combined.
  2. The color of a turkey’s head and throat will change depending on his mood.
  3. There are approximately 5,500 feathers on an adult wild turkey, including 18 tail feathers that make up the male’s distinct fan.
  4. Wild turkeys sleep in trees away from predators — this is natural roosting behavior that even domesticated turkeys will try to do.
  5. A wild turkey’s gobble can be heard up to one mile away.
  6. Wild turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
  7. A turkey’s gender can be determined from its droppings — males produce spiral-shaped poop while females produce “J” shaped poop.
  8. Adult male turkeys are called toms and females are called hens. Very young birds are poults and adolescents are called jakes.
  9. Wild turkeys sleep in trees. The birds are usually seen walking so many people are surprised they even fly. Though they only fly for short distances, they are speedy and hit about 55 miles per hour when going full tilt.
  10. Turkeys have great hearing, but no external ears. They have an amazing field of vision of about 270 degrees and are able to see in color.

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