1. Male turkeys are the only ones that gobble. Fittingly, a male turkey is called a "gobbler."
2. Female turkeys are called hens.
3. The wild turkey and the domestic turkey (which we eat), both belong to the same species, but they look different because the domestic ones descended from a different subspecies.
4. The prophetic turkey wishbone you tug on after a meal is actually a skeletal feature that first evolved in early dinosaurs.
5. A group of turkeys can be referred to as a rafter.
6. Turkeys have a 300-degree field of vision without moving their head.
8. Both the snood and the wattle can be found on males and females, but they are much more prominent in males.
9. Female turkeys seem to prefer gobblers with longer snoods. Other males are generally subordinate to their big-snooded peers.
One could say they get a bit ~snoody.~
10. A group of related males will band together to court females, though only one member will end up getting lucky.
12. A turkey's exposed skin changes color when it is frightened, agitated, sick, or excited.
13. As similar as they might appear, chickens and turkeys are separated by around 30 million years of evolutionary history.
14. Male turkeys do not do any parenting at all.
15. And the most important of all turkey facts: Male and female turkeys poop differently. A gobbler poops in a "J" or "L" shape, while a hen prefers to leave more of a spiral dump.
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