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Turkey picture for Thanksgiving

Turkey picture for Thanksgiving.
Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) in Belize. Photo by Rhett Butler.

In recognition of the American holiday of Thanksgiving, this is the ocellated turkey (Meleagris ocellata), a species of wild turkey from the Yucat√°n Peninsula in Central America, including parts of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.

The ocellated turkey is closely related to the more widely-distributed, and better-known, wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).

The ocellated turkey is a relatively large ground bird. Males average 5 kg (11 lbs), while females average 3 pounds.

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Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) in Punta Laguna outside Cancun, Mexico. Photo by Rhett Butler.

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