Meleagris Gallopavo Facts (aka. Turkey Facts)

Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.

Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances.

The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds – about the size of a German Shepherd!
(But turkeys are normally not used as police animals.)

A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a roaster.

Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees!
(Maybe to escape the Thanksgiving table?)

Turkeys can drown if they look up when it’s raining!

A turkey’s field of vision is 270 degrees–one of the main reasons they’re able to elude some hunters.

There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast.

President Abraham Lincoln established the original date for our National Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1863.

The average person consumes 4,500 calories on
Thanksgiving Day.
(Now that’s a lot of turkey!)