Two turkeys at the Planckendael zoo in Mechelen, Belgium.

Kingdom: Animalia (animals)
Phylum: Chordata (chordates)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (vertebrates)
Class: Aves (birds)
Order: Galliformes (megapodes, curassows, pheasants, quails, and relatives)
Family: Phasianidae (turkeys, grouse, pheasants, and partridges)
Subfamily: Meleagridinae (turkey)
Genus: Meleagris (turkeys)

The modern domesticated turkey descends from the wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), one of the two species of turkey; however, in the past the ocellated turkey (Meleagris ocellata) was also domesticated. The great majority of domesticated turkeys have white feathers, although brown or bronze-feathered varieties are also raised.

There are a lot of different turkey breeds, some information about which can be found on this site. Can you identify the breed I photographed?



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