The turkey is a large bird in the genusMeleagris, which is native to the Americas. One species, Meleagris gallopavo (commonly known as the domestic turkey or wild turkey), is native to the forests of North America, mainly Mexico and the United States. The other living species is Meleagris ocellata or the ocellated turkey, native to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula. 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 in many galliformes, the male is larger and much more colorful than the female.
Turkeys are classed in the family of Phasianidae (pheasants, partridges, francolins, junglefowl, grouse and relatives) in the taxonomicorder of Galliformes. The genus Meleagris is the only genus in the subfamily Meleagridinae, formerly known as the family Meleagrididae, but now subsumed within the family Phasianidae.
History and naming
When Europeans first encountered turkeys in America, they incorrectly identified the birds as a type of guineafowl– i.e., as members of a group of birds which were thought to typically come from the country of Turkey. The name of the North American bird thus became "turkey fowl", which was then shortened to just "turkey". In 1550, the English navigator William Strickland, who had introduced the turkey into England, was granted a coat of arms including a "turkey-cock in his pride proper".
Ampelographers estimate that Turkey is home to between 600–1200 indigenous varieties of Vitis vinifera (the Europeangrapevine), though less than 60 of these are grown commercially. With over 1,500,000 acres (6,100km2) planted under vine, Turkey is the world's fourth-leading producer of grapes.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey's first president, established the country's first commercial winery in 1925. According to the OIV, the total wine production in 2005 was 287,000 hl. In the first half of 2009, wine consumption in Turkey reached 20,906,762 litres.
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An ancient, Roman-era church in southeastern Turkey is being restored to once again welcome visitors. The 1,800-year-old St. George Church in the Diyarbakir province served as an art gallery after being first restored in 2008.
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This ancient noble estate literally called ‘Lenin Hills’ was the last shelter for the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin... Tourists can relive the life of ancient nomads, try shooting a crossbow, peek into a torture chamber and even ride a camel(!) ... Today, this place looks like an ancient Central Asian town destroyed by time.8.
Friends of mine from the Nature Conservancy put me in touch with a group of deer hunters who lease land but don’t turkey hunt ... They graciously allowed me access to their lease to chase Merriam’s turkey, which have a beautiful white tipped feathers and a far less brilliant than their Eastern cousins ... At least for deer and turkey.
Growing up in Bend, Calvin Young had all sorts of interests. He was passionate about science, math and music. Later he pursued philosophy ... “Calvin has been amazing ... Degree in hand, Young decided to go to the birthplace of philosophy and spent four months cycling around Greece and Turkey, exploring ancient ruins and camping along the Mediterranean Sea.
Fearful they would side with arch-enemy Russia, Armenian Christians were rounded up and either killed or marched from their ancient homeland in parts of present-day Turkey to the Syrian desert where they starved to death ... A Biden official said the US still recognised Turkey as “a critical Nato ally”.
Various aerial shots of the ancient city of Hadrianopolis in Turkey's Black Sea province of Karabuk on April 22, 2021. KARABUK, TURKEY - APRIL 23,(APP - UrduPoint ... Various aerial shots of the ancient city of Hadrianopolis in Turkey's Black Sea province of Karabuk on April 22, 2021.
To this day, modern Turkey refuses to acknowledge the crimes committed during the twilight of the ancient regime ... “It continues to this very day in Turkey and Azerbaijan’s ongoing attempts to attack, empty, and ultimately erase the presence of Armenians in their ancient homeland,” he told ArabNews, referring to last year’s Nagorno-Karabakh war.
A quartet of sites in southeastern Turkey are drawing more and more attention from tourists with their countless millennia of rich history. The famed ancient site of Gobeklitepe in Sanliurfa province is one the most popular destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists.
The Lyrids Meteor Shower seen over the ancient city of Aizanoi in Kutahya, Turkey (Getty). Skygazers can look forward to catching the Lyrid meteor shower on Thursday morning, with up to 18 meteors per hour expected to light up the dawn skies ...Tania de Sales Marques, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said ... Advertisement. Advertisement ... .