Two black turkeys.

6 Terrific Turkey Facts


6 Terrific Turkey Facts

Wild turkeys can fly

It’s a common myth that turkeys can’t fly (most likely because they feed on the ground) but wild turkeys have been known to fly up to 90 kmh in short bursts. For domesticated turkeys, this is unfortunately not the case. They’re bred to be heavier in weight, almost twice as much as a wild turkey so they won’t be flying anytime soon.

Wild turkeys sleep in trees

Wild turkeys spend most of their time on the ground but when it’s time to sleep, they fly up into trees. This is because turkeys can’t see well at night and to protect themselves from predators, they roost at dusk and fly down at dawn.

They can change colours

Well, their heads do at least! You can tell a turkey’s emotions by the colour of their heads. Colour can change from red to blue to white, depending on how excited or calm they are. The more intense the colour, the more intense their emotions.

Their poop identifies their gender

Are they girls or boys? One certain way to find out is by checking their droppings. A male’s poop will be shaped like the letter J, while the female’s is more spiral-shaped.

Turkeys can see better than humans

Turkeys have three times better vision than humans. They can also see in colour and their eyesight covers 270 degrees.

More than 200,000 turkeys are killed each year in New Zealand

The popularity of turkey meat is steadily increasing as it is considered a healthy dietary option. Most turkey is consumed during Christmas and farmed in the South Island.

Thinking of skipping turkey this year? We’ve got you covered with some delicious, plant-based recipe options.

Images thanks to Karanthi Remala

You can tell a turkey’s emotions by the colour of their heads.

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