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SPECIES PROFILE Ocellated Turkey

ANATOMY

Male ocellated turkeys are like the North American wild turkey, however they are more vibrant in color and weigh considerably smaller than North American bird. Contrary to North American turkeys, breast feathers of female and male Ocellated turkeys are not different and can’t be used to determine gender. Black And Yellow Birds

In the body, feathers of male and female turkeys have an iridescent bronze-green males being more vibrantly hued than females. Males weigh around 10 pounds and are averaged to be about three feet long. Around 6 pounds females weigh a bit smaller, but they increase their weight during mating season.

 Both genders have blue-gray tails that are well-defined with an eye-shaped blue-bronze-colored area near the tip, with a gold-colored tips. These spots provide the turkey with its name because they are the Latin term for the eye’s shape is the word oculus. Females and males both have a blue neck and head that is distinguished by red to orange, warty growths , which are more noticeable on males. 

The male’s head has a fleshy blue crown, which is decorated with yellow-orange growths that resemble the neck. Ocellated turkeys also possess an eye-ring that is distinct and vibrant red-colored skin, particularly noticeable on males during breeding season.

HABITAT

Ocellated turkeys are native in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala and Belize and is found in an area that spans 50 miles. Ocellated turkeys can be located in tropical deciduous and lowland evergreen forests aswell being found in abandoned farms and clearings. plots.

DIET

Ocellated turkeys are usually in small groups and their diet is comprised mainly of berries, seeds insects, and leaves. Small Yellow Birds

THREATS

Massive scale timbering operations, followed by slash and burn farming across Central America threatens the habitat of the turkeys with ocellations. The alarming rate of destruction is a significant threat to the survival of this magnificent bird.

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