Turkey paper! - The Turkeys scientific and common names The...

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The Turkey’s scientific and common names The common turkey is now the only species recognized and is described by ornithologists in five forms: Merriam’s Turkey ( Meleagris gallopavo merriami), the Florida Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo osceola) , the Rio Grande Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) , the American Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) and the Yucatan Ocellated Turkey, which is the species not found in the United States. Also, other common names the Wild Turkey may be called are: American Turkey, Eastern Turkey, Northern Turkey, Wood Turkey, and American Wild Turkey (Pearson, 31). However, the Eastern Wild Turkey is the most common and is referred to as simply Meleagris gallopavo in the scientific world (Source #1). Family The Turkey is an American bird that is now the only native American representative of the Pheasant family. The Turkey is from the order: Gallina, suborder: Phasiani, and family: Meleagrida (Pearson, 31). Biogeography The Wild Turkey is found in many areas across the United States and other areas in North America (Source #2). During the sixteenth century Spain invaded Mexico, where Spain found a large and interesting, common bird. Some of these Wild Turkeys were brought back to Spain and introduced to France and parts of England. However, the Turkey will always be the native North American bird (Pearson, 32). Ecosystem The wild Turkey is generally found in deep woods and boarders of swamp lands in North America and is the largest game bird in this part of the world! Wild Turkeys favor mixed conifer-hardwood forests with scattered openings such as orchards, pastures, fields, and marshes
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course BIOLOGY 312 taught by Professor Tomrosburg during the Summer '11 term at University of Iowa.

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