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Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:12 PM

Odd question but I know there must be someone here who knows.

I was looking at the turkey that was pardoned. What is that long piece of skin hanging down on the turkey's beak and what is it for?

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Reply Odd question but I know there must be someone here who knows. (Original post)
Doreen Nov 2020 OP
captain queeg Nov 2020 #1
captain queeg Nov 2020 #1
MontanaMama Nov 2020 #3
Laelth Nov 2020 #4
unc70 Nov 2020 #5
magicarpet Nov 2020 #6
lunatica Nov 2020 #7

Response to Doreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:14 PM

1. It's his Moscow Mitch disguise.

Sorry donít know official name or function.

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Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:14 PM

3. That's called a snood.

The snood functions in both intersexual and intrasexual selection. Captive female wild turkeys prefer to mate with long-snooded males, and during dyadic interactions, male turkeys defer to males with relatively longer snoods.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey_(bird)

the bigger the better in turkey world, I guess.

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Response to Doreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:17 PM

4. Turkey chicks find it very attractive.

What other value it has, I do not know.



-Laelth

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Response to Doreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:17 PM

5. A wattle. Helps turkeys cool in hot weather

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Response to Doreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:20 PM

6. Info here,...

The one that flops over his beak is a snood. The red thing on his neck is a wattle. Itís just excess flesh that is typical in some breeds of birds.

More info at link below,...

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-red-thing-on-a-turkey-s-neck-called

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Response to Doreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:22 PM

7. It's that extra je non se qua

that makes the Turkey heads one of the best looking in the avian kingdom.

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