Turkeys derive their name due to confusion over their place of origin when English-speakers first encountered the bird via trade. Turkeys are originally from the Americas and were extensively domesticated before European contact; even the term "wild turkey" is a misnomer.Know More
Turkeys originate from North America. The so-called "wild" turkey served at Thanksgiving in the United States was domesticated in Mexico 2,000 years prior to European contact. The bird was raised and eaten by Aztec and Maya, among other groups. When Spanish war parties arrived to conquer and settle the Americas, they imported the domesticated birds they found there back to Europe.
English-speakers thought the new bird was imported directly from Turkey, although it only arrived via Turkish territory due to convoluted trade routes. The bird was also considered very similar to the guinea fowl, a bird that was indeed imported from Turkish territory, and confusion between the two birds, both supposedly from Turkey, encouraged use of the name.
A group of wild turkeys is called a flock, whereas a group of domesticated turkeys is known as a rafter or gang. For most of the year, these flocks comprise at least 30 turkeys.Full Answer >
A male bird can be called a rooster, cock, peacock, gander, tom cob, tercel, tiercel, drake or simply male. Most male birds are called cocks, while most female birds are called hens.Full Answer >
A baby peacock is called a peachick. The name for the male is peacock and the females are peahens.Full Answer >
A baby falcon is called an eyas. An eyas weighs about 1 ½ ounces upon hatching and is basically blind. Eyasses get out of their eggs by using their beaks to cut an opening large enough for escape. This exhausting process can take nearly two days.Full Answer >