You really aren’t all that surprised if you have read TaxoDiary with any amount of consistency over the years. I love quirky and unusual taxonomies, so considering the season of course I found a turkey taxonomy.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information provided a through classification as you can see at the end of this link. The lineage and relationships are clearly identified. Though I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, it never occurred to me that a quail or pheasant, or even a grouse was related to a turkey. A fowl is not always the same as other fowls.

This reminds me of when my husband and I went to a very nice restaurant on our honeymoon and the special was ostrich. Being the epicurious adventurer, I ordered it and the waiter asked how I wanted it cooked. It is fowl, so obviously I answered “done”? He went on to explain that ostrich is actually red meat like a steak. Who knew? I certainly didn’t. Ostriches have feathers, so  you can see why I would assume fowl.

Melody K. Smith

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