Today I want to write about a really cool species of bird, the ocellated turkey.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These large birds grow up to 1.2 metres long and are much more colourful than the North American wild turkeys.
- Both the males and females have bright blue heads covered in red nodules. The males also have 4 cm spurs on their legs that they use to fight with each other.
- Ocellated turkeys have a wide ranging diet, including leaves, seeds, berries and insects.
- At breeding time, the males gobble and strut around the females to attract their attention. The females lay about 8-15 eggs and the chicks leave the nest and follow their mum a day after hatching.
- Ocellated turkeys are found in forests and clearings throughout central America, in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Their numbers are dropping due to hunting and habitat loss.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about ocellated turkeys?