It’s a beautiful world. Let’s remember that occasionally.

Posted: January 7, 2015 in Science
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The Ocellated Turkey exists only in a 50,000 square mile area comprised of the Yucatan Peninsula range which includes the states of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan — as well as the northern parts of Belize and Guatemala.

The Ocellated Turkey is easily distinguished from its North American cousin in appearance. The body feathers of both male and female birds have a bronze-green iridescent color mixture, although females sometimes appear duller in color with more green than bronze pigments.

Unlike North American turkeys, breast feathers of male and female ocellated turkeys do not differ and cannot be used to determine sex. Neither male nor female birds have a beard.

We reckon Mr Ocellated Turkey would have the lady turkeys in quite a tizz. Simply beautiful. Although the chappie here seems to be working awfully hard and putting on a great show only to be ignored by ladies that appear more interested in eating their dinner. We feel his pain.

  1. Pat A says:

    Extraordinary bird – and some light relief from the news – many thanks for that, Yolly! It is extraordinary that none of the females would give him the time of day – either that poor male turkey has the turkey equivalent of B.O.. or it must be the wrong time of year!


  2. Woody says:

    Indeed, I feel for him. There were times I played the field, strutted my stuff and showed off my beautiful plumage to litttle apparent affect. It seems that females just don’t know how beautiful I am, yet!

    P.S. It was the host of the ‘Great Ape Thoughts’ (because knowledge is power!) blog who first directed me here. He personally recommended this blog to me, and i’m glad he did.


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