Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo Order: Galliformes Family: Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Meleagris gallopavo Order: Galliformes Family: Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)

Benjamin Franklin suggested in a letter to his daughter that he disapproved of the choice of the Bald Eagle for the national emblem, but expressed relief that the bird on the official emblem didn’t resemble an eagle very closely. “I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

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