A worldwide icon, the turkey was originally domesticated in Mexico (by the Aztecs).
The turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris, which is native to the Americas. Males of both turkey species have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak (called a snood).
- They are among the largest birds in their ranges.
- As in many galliformes, the male is larger and much more colorful than the female.