Here are a few fun facts about turkeys that you can share with your family and friends during Thanksgiving dinner. To learn even more about turkeys, visit the turkey animal facts page.
*Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
*Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.
*Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset.
*Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.
*Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.
*A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters.
*A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
*Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
*In 2007, the average American ate 17.5 pounds of turkey.
*The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.