Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Probably because its mostly about being with friends and family, with no gifts. Just a time to be thankful what what we have and the people in our lives. The dinner is a wonderful extra treat. My aunt cooks the best turkey dinner I have ever had. Truly mouth watering. But many people eat other bird like duck, guinea fowl, and pheasant. Hell some even eat pizza or sushi! But as you guessed, i can get behind a holiday about bird!!! Well, I sat down with old Tom Turkey who gave me some fun talk of turkey. AND HERE I thought I knew my birds! Did you know the official bird of the holiday has many juicy secrets?
They sport beards!!!!!!! The hairlike bristles that grow from the chest of males are actually specialized feathers. Scientists think they could serve as a sensory function.
Researchers have found the wishbone dates back more than 150 million years to a group of meat eating dinosaurs, like T-Rex. It also serves as a reminder that birds evolved from dinosaurs.
Turkeys sleep in trees. With turkeys being so big and heavy, you'd think they'd stick to the ground. But in fact, they prefer to perch and sleep atop tree branches. They also let out soft yelps upon waking to make sure the rest of the flock is okay after a night.
Female turkeys don't gobble.
Turkeys make you sleepy. They contain tryptophan, an amino acid, to make serotonin, that helps to regulate sleep.
Ben Franklin ADORED turkeys. As a matter of fact he wanted it to be the official US bird. He stated in a letter to his daughter " For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen; he is a bird of bad moral character."
Wild turkeys do, in fact, fly, at least for short bursts of speed of up to 55mph.
They have periscope vision.
Turkeys blush. When their ill,agitated, frightened or excited, their exposed skin can change colors.
Turkeys have stones in their stomachs. A part of the stomach called the gizzard, contains tiny stones the bird has swallowed when pecing.
So as you can see, there is more to these majestic birds than meets the eye. Luckily I only par take of turkey at Thanksgiving. Since ill be leaving shortly for a couple days away, I'll take this time to wish you all a great and hopefully peaceful holiday. I'm truly grateful for all .