Fun Facts About Thanksgiving Turkeys; Sleep in Trees, Fly Fast, Named After the Country & More

With Thanksgiving around the corner, there are many traditions that will be going on. When many people think of Thanksgiving, turkey’s come to mind. Today, we at Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings would like to share fun facts about turkeys.

Short Fun Facts About Turkeys

How fast can turkeys fly? Flying at full speed can reach 55 mph, a wild turkey can fly fairly well. The domesticated variety was bred to be hefty, not aerodynamic.
Turkeys are named after the country. For some time when North American explorers started shipping back to the Old World, Turkish traders had been importing African guinea fowl to Europe. The turkey is not a native bird to America, and since the African “turkey-cocks,” and so Europeans called them turkeys.
Wild turkeys came close to extinction. The turkey is just too delicious for its own good, much like the Galapagos tortoise and the bison. The combination of overzealous hunting and habitat destruction had dwindled the turkey populations down to 30,000 by the early 20th century. The turkey made a comeback with the assistance of conservationists. In some parts of the country, the birds are now so numerous that they’ve become a nuisance.
Do female turkeys gobble? Only the males gobble though both sexes purr, whistle, cackle, and yelp. Announcing his presence to females and warning his rivals to stay away, the male’s gobble is much like a lions’ roar.
Does the hormone in turkey make you sleepy? Though tryptophan can have a calming effect, which amino acid tryptophan is contained in turkey meat. Generally eating to excess, the carbs, and alcohol, the sleepy feeling that you feel after the big meal.
Do turkeys sleep in trees? Turkeys have a lot of natural predators, due to their deliciousness. The turkeys retreat into trees as the sun goes down. Until they reach a safe height, they start by flying onto a low branch, then clumsily hop their way upward, branch by branch.
Do turkeys have snoods & wattles? Both females and males have a red dangly bit under the turkey’s chin, which is a wattle. The snood is a red thing on top of the beak. Which may indicate health and good genes studies have shown that female turkeys prefer mates with longer snoods.
Do turkeys have excellent vision? With really, really sharp eyes, they also have got terrific peripheral vision. People can only see about 180 degrees, whereas the turkeys have eyes on the sides of their heads, turkeys can see 270 degrees. Seeing ultraviolet light, their vision is incredible.
The first Thanksgiving was turkeyless. Though the listed menu shows a fowl, it was likely a goose, duck, or grouse. So, it’s possible the as-yet-undeclared national symbol was a central part of the feast, the pilgrims did have a taste for bald eagle.

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Additionally, turkeys are quick on the ground, they have fair intelligence, baby turkeys can fend for themselves, and so much more. For those partial to turkeys, whether you enjoy them at a feast or love their presence as a pet, Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings can help with a magnificent chainsaw carving.