• Scientific name: Meleagris gallopavo
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Family: Phasianidae
  • Genus: Meleagris
  • Species: M. gallopavo

Fun Facts

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the symbol of America rather than the bald eagle.
  • Turkeys do not migrate and are diurnal (daytime).
  • They roost in trees at night.
  • Turkeys are very wary, and have keen eyesight and hearing.
  • Turkeys are herbivores; eating primarily plants, seeds, and berries.
  • They weigh 8 to 18 pounds with a wingspan 48 inches (4 feet)