Meleagris ocellata

The ocellated turkey is a species of turkey endemic to the Yucatán Peninsula - Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. These were photographed by ©Laura Quick in Tikal National Park, a UNESCO Heritage site in Northern Guatemala. Unlke the other breeds of turkeys you may be more familiar with, Ocellated turkeys are smaller ( more colorful with blue heads covered in orange and red caruncles, redskin around the eyes, red legs and lushly colored plumage. It’s name comes from the blue Ocelli, or eyes along the tips of the tom’s tail feathers - more famous and pronounced in the peacock.

A good link to more info about the Ocellated Turkey - blog.nature.org/science/2013/11/25/meet-the-ocellated-turkey/

Everyone can tell you what a turkey looks like, they have become ubiquitous symbols of the Thanksgiving season and can be found in any number of forms. Most people don’t know that there is another species of turkey, Meleagris ocellata, the Ocellated Turkey that is found in Guatemala. This is really a beautiful bird and I would love to have a few of these as lawn ornaments some day.

(Image from Treknature.com)

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Since it’s Thanksgiving, I thought I’d do a post on the lesser-known Turkey of the world!

The ocellated turkey (Meleagris ocellata) is a species of turkey residing primarily in the Yucatán Peninsula. A relative of the wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), it was sometimes previously treated in a genus of its own (Agriocharis), but the differences between the two turkeys are currently considered too small to justify generic segregation. It is a relatively large bird, at around 70–122 cm (28–48 in) long and an average weight of 3 kg (6.6 lb) in females and 5 kg (11 lb) in males.

Turkeys spend most of the time on the ground and often prefer to run to escape danger through the day rather than fly, though they can fly swiftly and powerfully for short distances as the majority of birds in this order do in necessity. Roosting is usually high in trees away from night-hunting predators such as jaguars and usually in a family group.

The voice is similar to the northern species: the male making the “gobbling” sound during the breeding season, while the female bird makes a “clucking” sound.

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If I were to redeem Free Birds from being “absolutely awful” to “just mediocre” I would of just made it about a spoiled bronze turkey from a small farm who got the presidential pardon one year ago team up with the new pardoned turkey, a gigantic tom who constantly struts and lived on an industrial farm, free all the turkeys upon finding out that turkeys are only kept by the featherless bipeds for their delicious meat. 

They team up with wild turkeys (one is the girl™ and love interest) who show them that once turkeys knew how to fly. There is a rival love interest who is a mysterious and flamboyant Ocellated turkey who constantly sparkles.