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Dindons

Scientific name:  Meleagris gallopavo
Class:  Birds
Continent:  All
Habitat:  Partout
Diet:  Herbivore
Weight:  3,6 – 11 kg
Size:  75 - 125 cm
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As with the peacock, the male seduces the female by doing a cartwheel.

The male is much larger than the female and has a much more colorful head, although devoid of feathers. To seduce his sweetheart, the turkey unfolds its tail feathers and "does the wheel" like the peacock, while gurgling! The female then lays 4 to 17 eggs which hatch after about 28 days. An omnivorous bird, the turkey is raised for its meat, particularly in France (2nd largest producer in the world). There is another species, the ocellated turkey (meleagris ocellata), which is very rare in breeding.

Conservation
Extinct
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Endangered
Vulnerable
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated

DID YOU KNOW?

The turkey is believed to be descended from a dinosaur called Caudipterix and was already being bred by Native Americans thousands of years before its discovery by Spanish explorers.