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This Is What A Mexican Turkey Looks Like

Education By O. DELGADO
This Is What A Mexican Turkey Looks Like

Nope, it's not a peacock, that's a Mexican turkey.

Called pavo del monte or "ocellated turkey," it is native to the Yucatán Peninsula, including the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Yucatán, Tabasco, and Chiapas, as well as parts of Belize and Guatemala.

The ocellated turkey is related to its North American cousin, but not the same species.

Both the males and females have a fantastic appearance, with blue-green and reddish-bronze iridescent feathers. 

Both sexes also have bluish-grey tail feathers with eye-shaped spots and gold tips. The eye-shaped spots are called ocelli, which is where the turkey gets its name: the ocellated turkey. 

Their strange blue heads with orange and red nodules remind us that birds are directly descended from dinosaurs.

Although the tropical turkey has been hunted almost to extinction by hungry locals, tourism may help the species make a comeback.

Governments are teaming up with local communities to preserve the amazing birds.  Instead of eating the turkeys, locals will be showing the turkeys to wildlife tourists - and getting paid for it.

But, this beautiful bird isn't out of the woods yet (and not just because he's a turkey, and turkeys live in the woods).  Some "tourists" are paying to hunt the birds.

Ocellated male turkey strutting his stuff, mostly being ignored by females.

Let's be thankful that Latinos in latinoamerica don't celebrate Thanksgiving.