Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ABC Wednesday: T is for Turkey

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Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) at Capitol Reef National Park - there are many orchards around Fruita and the turkeys foraged there.

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They are actually quite impressive birds. I would have liked to see them in flight, but no such luck.

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It's not quite clear how they got their name, but it does have something to do with the country Turkey. Theory number one: when imported to Great Britain, the trade route took the turkey first to Constantinople and pretty much anything coming from that direction was bestowed the moniker turkey, whether it came from Turkey or not. Theory number two: the turkey looks a bit like the guinea fowl or Turkey coq, a bird known to the first English settlers and so they continued to use the name.

See what else T stands for with ABC Wednesday

Resources:
How the turkey got its name
Internet bird Collection
Wikipedia

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