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5 Terrific Turkey Facts

  • They Sleep In Trees- Because turkeys are so large and heavy it is assumed that they stick to the ground when in fact they like to sleep perched atop tree branches, where they are safe from predators
  • Female Turkeys Don’t Gobble- Don’t be disappointed if you see a turkey that won’t gobble, it’s probably just a female. The male turkeys are called gobblers for that gobbling sound they make
  • They Make You Sleepy- Ever wonder why you are so tired after eating Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s because turkey meat contains tryptophan, an amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin that helps regulate sleep.
  • Wild Turkeys Can Fly- They can fly for short bursts at speeds up to 55 miles per hour! Wild Turkeys aren’t often spotted soaring through the sky because they prefer to feed on the ground, where they peck at grass, seeds, acorns and nuts.
  • They Blush- When a turkey is frightened, excited or ill the exposed skin on its head and neck will often change from its usual pale pink or gray to red, white or blue.

 

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