10 facts about the humble turkey just in time for Christmas

If you enjoy a classic Christmas dinner with a turkey and all the trimmings, then you certainly aren’t alone, we love them too! So in homage to the humble turkey that brings such tasty pleasure to so many tables at this festive time of year, we have decided to pay homage to this wonderful bird we enjoy so much with a host of facts related to the avian delight.A traditional roasted turkey on the table at Lyons Holiday Parks for ChristmasSo while you’re waiting for your birds to cook in the oven at our North Wales holiday parks, why not share these facts with your family and friends? 10 facts about turkeys: 1. Turkeys have between 5000 to 6000 feathers on each bird. 2. Impressively, turkeys are known to display over 20 distinct vocalisations, including their renowned gobble, produced by males, which can be heard as far as a mile away. 3. Each individual turkey has its own unique voice. We might not be able to tell, but this is how turkeys recognise each other, just like you and I recognise others by their voice on the phone. 4. Just like peacocks do, male turkeys puff up their bodies and spread their extravagant feathers to attract a mate. 5. Turkeys know their stuff as far as geography skills are concerned. They have the capability to acquire the precise details of an area over 1,000 acres in size. 6. You will be able to tell a male turkey over a female as they are substantially larger. The feathers of the male have areas of red, green, purple, gold, copper, and bronze iridescence. Female feathers are duller generally, in shades of greys and browns. 7. Benjamin Franklin wished to have wild turkeys as the national bird of the USA, rather than the bald eagle. 8. Not a commonly known fact but turkeys are both intelligent and sensitive animals who are highly social too. They establish lasting social bonds with one another and are very affectionate; much like dogs. 9. Wild turkeys can fly at a top speed of up to 55 mph, this is only for fairly short distance though. Most of the domestic turkeys you see aren’t able to fly due being selectively bred to be bigger than suitable for flying conditions in the wild. 10. Imagine a chameleon changing colour, now imagine that on a turkey. The area of bare skin on a turkey’s throat and head contrast in colour depending on its level of enthusiasm and anxiety. When excited, a male turkey’s head turns a shade of blue, when ready to confront or fight it turns red.

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