Education, fun and safety for kids online
Education, fun, games and safety for kids online

We hold the key to unlock all those Thanksgiving myths…the turKEY that is! We’ve done our research, we’ve examined the bird, and we’ve collected some gobblin’ good data! From the turkey gobble to turkey speeds, we’ve got all the facts! Now ask yourself… how much do you really know about our favorite Thanksgiving bird?

  • Could you imagine pledging allegiance to our proud national bird, the turkey? Our good old friend Benjamin Franklin actually wanted the turkey to be the national bird.
  • A turkey’s field of vision is 270 degrees – one of the main reasons they’re able to elude some hunters.
  • Wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances, but their domesticated cousins cannot fly at all.
  • Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! Everyone knows that turkeys gobble, but did you know that only male turkeys gobble to woo their mates. Female turkeys actually make a clicking noise.
  • A turkey’s head changes color when it becomes excited.
  • The red fleshy growth under a turkey’s throat is called a wattle. Turkeys also have a long, red, fleshy area that grows out of the forehead over the beak, called a snood.
  • Turkeys can actually have heart attacks. When the U.S. Air Force was conducting test flights to break the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
  • The heaviest turkey ever recorded came from our British friends across the Atlantic. This gobbler weighed in at a massive 86 pounds and looked about the size of a large German Shepherd!
  • Turkeys aren’t always turkeys. In fact, a turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a roaster.
  • The Turkey Trot, a ballroom dance in the 1900s, was named for the short, jerky steps of the turkey. It became popular mainly because it was denounced by the Vatican as suggestive.
  • Turkeys can actually drown if they look up when it’s raining!
  • Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees! (Maybe to escape the Thanksgiving table?)