The title above comes from reader/biologist/photographer/artist Lou Jost in Ecuador, for he reminds me that there’s another turkey besides the American turkey. His note:
There is one other turkey species, the little-known Central American endemic Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata). This lives in rainforests of the Yucatan peninsula in extreme southern Mexico and adjacent parts of Belize and Guatemala. It’s a very fancy bird! My pic was of a wild bird walking across the lawn in front of the field station in the Rio Bravo conservation reserve of Belize. It doesn’t do the bird justice; the internet has great pictures of them. Unfortunately Google also turns up astonishing numbers of dead ones shot by gringo hunters of this near-threatened species, as in this picture.
I won’t show that one, but here’s Lou’s shot of this beautiful bird:
I’ll add a video from Belize of these birds: