Domestic Turkey

The Domestic Turkey is a large poultry bird, one
of the two species in the genus Meleagris and the
same as the wild turkey. Turkey domestication
was originally occurred in central Mesoamerica at
least 2,000 years ago. Recent research suggests
a second domestication event in the Southwestern
United States between 200 BC and AD 500. All
of the commercial domestic turkey varieties today
descend from the domestic turkey raised in central
Mexico that was subsequently imported into Europe
by the Spanish in the 16th century. The fl eshy
protuberance atop the beak is the snood, and the
one attached to the underside of the beak is known
as a wattle.

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