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The Ocellated Turkey

The Ocellated Turkey

The Ocellated Turkey by thezackburg
The Ocellated Turkey by thezackburg


While the Turkey is best known as the bird for Thanksgiving, there is a species of Turkey in Central America that many do not know about. Here we have the Ocellated Turkey. Found in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico along in the borders of Belize and Guatemala. Unlike it's cousin up North, the Ocellated Turkey is very colorful to the point where it's truly been compared to a peacock. In fact if it were for the bumps and boils on it's face, I would say it would truly be one of the most beautiful birds on the planet. It shares many similarities with it's North American cousins, such as it's mating process where the males use their tail feathers and proceed to dance in order to impress the females.  During the day the Ocellated Turkey stays on the ground and contrary to popular belief they can fly but only for a short distance. And at night they actually stay in the trees in groups to avoid predators like Jaguars. It is actually eaten regular by the indigenous peoples of Mexico, being their main food source. Sadly unlike it's American cousin, the Ocellated Turkey is actually an endangered species with the main threat it to be humans encroaching their habitats and over hunting.
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