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Wild Turkey
Date Issued: 1956-05-05
Postage Value: 3 cents

Commemorative issue
Wildlife conservation
Wild Turkey

The turkey is a large game bird native to North America. The wild turkey, Meleabris gallopavo, is found in eastern and central United States. An adult male wild turkey is about four feet (1.2 m) long and has bronze, brownish, or metallic-greenish plumage, broad, rounded wings and tail, and long, slim, spurred legs. A tuft of hair-like feathers hangs from the breast. A fleshy growth called a "snood" is at the front of the head. Brightly colored growths called "carnucles" and a pouch-like area called a "wattle" mark the throat region.

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