What is the flap of skin under a turkey’s chin called?
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What is the flap of skin under a turkey’s chin called?

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The flap of skin under a turkey's chin may be known as a dewlap or a wattle; though the wattle is more evident in male turkeys, both male and females have this anatomical feature. This flap of skin stretches from the turkey's neck to a point on the head just under the beak.

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Though both male and female turkeys have this anatomical feature, the male's is not only more noticeable but also has additional features. When a male, or tom, turkey gets excited, its dewlap will become bright red. This is similar in function to other turkey features, including the snood and the caruncles.

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