Birds of a feather flock together…Well that is how the saying goes. In some settings you will find a pheasant and a turkey hanging out, not only in the wild, but during fall celebrations of Thanksgiving and winter festivals. Pheasants and turkeys make their way to holiday feasts and family gatherings along with all the fixings. Why spotlight both the pheasant and the turkey…. Because they are related bird species.
Do you know…. Pheasant History
The ringed-necked pheasant was imported to America from Asia. Around 1733, the pheasant appeared in North America when several black necked strains were introduced in New York. Other varieties arrived in New Hampshire and New Jersey later in the 18th century. The ringed-necked pheasant is the state bird of South Dakota and only one of three US state birds that is not a species native to the United States.
Do you know…. Pheasant Trivia
The bird is very crafty and successfully outsmarts even the most experienced hunter. Pheasants love to run, they feed solely on the ground but roost in sheltered trees at night. They eat a wide variety of animal and vegetable type foods.
Do you know…. Turkey History
The wild turkey is native to Northern Mexico and the Eastern United States. The American Indians hunted wild turkey for its meat as early as 1000 AD. Our early settlers found the turkey to be a good source of food. Wild turkeys nearly disappeared in the early 1900’s because of overhunting and farm and community development.
Do you know…. Turkey, what is in the name?
When the turkey is afraid you will hear a call which sounds like “turk-turk-turk.
The American Indian has a name for the turkey which is “firkee”.
Put the two together and thus you have…”turkee” our turkey!
Do you know…. Turkey Trivia
The male turkey is called a tom or gobbler. The female turkey is a hen, and baby turkeys are called poults. Male turkeys strut expressing their supremacy and the hens click and clack. Wild turkeys can glide as far as a mile without flapping their wings. They fly with great speeds up to 55 miles per. Don’t try to catch them on foot as they can run up to 18 miles per hour.
Welcome these birds as a part of your fall and winter celebrations. Imagine one of the ceramic tassels hanging in your dining room from a corner cabinet, a chandelier, a furniture key hole or a festive flower arrangement. They are a great way to add that special extra touch to your Thanksgiving celebrations, and they will be the feature for many years to come.
As Americans we have so much to be thankful for. This time of the year we particularly give thanks for all our blessings, breaking bread with family and friends. Take time to remember our troops and their families for their sacrifices are many. If your holiday finds you traveling, be safe and try not to eat too much. We wish you and yours a very blessed Thanksgiving.