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Although native to North America, the turkey probably got its name from the domesticated variety being imported to Britain in ships coming from the Levant via Spain.The British at the time therefore associated the wild turkey with the country Turkey and the name prevails.You can read more about them on our Benefiting Page.

It is the same species as the domestic turkey, which was originally derived from a southern Mexican subspecies of wild turkey (not the related ocellated turkey).Adult wild turkeys have long reddish-yellow to grayish-green legs.The body feathers are generally blackish and dark, sometimes grey brown overall with a coppery sheen that becomes more complex in adult males.Tail feathers are of the same length in adults, different lengths in juveniles.Males typically have a "beard", a tuft of coarse hair (modified feathers) growing from the center of the breast. In some populations, 10 to 20% of females have a beard, usually shorter and thinner than that of the male.