Turkey Trivia

Fun Facts About Turkeys


Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

One evening, a few years ago, while sitting around with my family at the Thanksgiving Holiday table, we started talking about turkey trivia.  I know, my family is interesting and a bit odd. 

But you have to admit, it’s a whole lot better topic of conversation than, “Why is the turkey meat always so dry when you cook it?” or “How much of my broccoli do I have to eat in order to have some pumpkin pie?”

Well yes, so I still did get asked those questions, but we were able to move the subject of conversation on to other topics, such as, “What do turkeys and bald eagles have in common?”

Did you know?

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

  • At one time the turkey and the bald eagle were each being considered for the national symbol of America.  Yes, that’s right, Benjamin Franklin, apparently wanted the turkey as the national symbol because he thought the eagle was a “lazy” bird, who would merely steal food from other birds.
  •          Turkeys have great hearing, but no external ears.  They see in color and have very good eyesight, except at night.  They also have a wide field of vision, so it is hard to sneak up on them.  They have a very poor sense of smell but an excellent sense of taste.

  • I guess we all knew that Turkeys can’t fly, but we were surprised to learn that Wild Turkeys can fly for short distances at speeds up to 55 miles per hour.  They can also run up to 25 miles per hour!

    Turkey Running

  • Did you know that Turkeys can sleep in trees?  Yes, Wild turkeys sleep in trees during the night to avoid prey animals. This is a defense mechanism for them because they are virtually blind during the night. They prefer trees that are leafy and close to bodies of water.
  • Also, June, not November, is National Turkey Lovers’ Month!  That’s right; the reason it is in June is to promote eating turkey meat at times other than major holidays; as turkey meat is so low in fat and high in protein, which makes it healthier than other types of meat.

So now you know conversational turkey trivia for any time a tasty turkey tantalizes your taste buds!


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