Head, and upper part of the neck, almost naked, with a bluish papillose skin: a tuft of black hairs on the breast.

M. Gallopavo, Temm. Pig. et Gall. torn. n. p. 374. and torn. III. p. 677. Turkey, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 325.

Dimensions

Entire length three feet six inches: breadth, wings extended, about four feet.

Description

Head, and upper portion of the neck, bare of feathers; skin bluish, rough with numerous fleshy papilla; of various hues and sizes; throat furnished with a pendulous carunculated wattle, of a bright scarlet colour, increasing in intensity when the bird is under excitement: also an elongated fleshy appendage arising from the base of the upper mandible, in its contracted state about an inch long, but when relaxed hanging down considerably below the bill: a tuft of long pendent hair from the middle of the breast: colour of the plumage very variable; generally dark gray, inclining to black, or black with transverse whitish bars; occasionally pure white, or pied; more rarely of a fine deep copper-colour, with the greater quills pure white, and the tail dirty white. In the female the pectoral tuft is wanting; the frontal caruncle is smaller, and remains always contracted; there is also no power of erecting and expanding the tail, as in the male bird. (Egg). Yellowish white, spotted and speckled all over with reddish yellow: long. diam. three inches; trans, diam. one inch eleven lines.

Found in a wild state in North America. Generally supposed to have been introduced into England about the year 1524. Lays early in the Spring, and produces from fifteen to seventeen in a brood. Seldom hatches more than once in the season in this climate.