Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
~ A most unusual pose of a wild turkey, on a cold day ~
The turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris, which is native to the Americas. The genus has two extant species: the wild turkey of North America and the ocellated turkey. Males of both turkey species have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak (called a snood). They are among the largest birds in their ranges. As with many galliformes, the male is larger and much more colorful than the female.