The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and turkey fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Turkey Fun Facts

Turkey Fun Facts: The turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris, which is native to the Americas. One species, Meleagris gallopavo (commonly known as the wild turkey or domestic turkey), is native to the forests of North America, mainly Mexico and the United States.

  • The wild turkey was hunted nearly to extinction by the early 1900’s, when the population reached a low of around 30,000 birds.
  • Male turkeys are called “gobblers,” after the “gobble” call they make to announce themselves to females (hens) and compete with other males.
  • Benjamin Franklin never proposed the turkey as a symbol for America, but he did once praise it as being “a much more respectable bird” than the bald eagle.
  • March 30th is National Turkey Neck Soup Day.
  • Turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
  • A turkey’s gender can be determined from its droppings–males produce spiral-shaped poop and females’ poop is shaped like the letter J.

Turkey Fun Facts We May Have Missed

Let us know about any Turkey Fun Facts we missed. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia facts about Turkey.

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