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Tommy the Turkey

Introducing Tommy the Wild Turkey the twelth bird for my North American Series of the LEGO Bird Project on CUUSOO

    

This was a commissioned project for Martha Stewart Living Magazine especially for Thanks Giving. You can see their blog about the project here - Martha Stewart Living Blog

    

As I am not American I do not celebrate this occasion but I wish all of you Americans a great day. I had to post this early as I am off to Colombia tonight to meet and work with a fellow bird artist and do some bird watching to get some inspiration for the South American Series of birds I will be building soon.

    

Here is some information about the Wild Turkey.

    

The turkey was Benjamin Franklin's choice for the United States's national bird. The noble fowl was a favored food of Native Americans. When Europeans arrived, they made it one of only two domestic birds native to the Americas—the Muscovy duck shares the distinction.

    

Yet by the early 20th century, wild turkeys no longer roamed over much of their traditional range. They had been wiped out by hunting and the disappearance of their favored woodland habitat.

    

Wild turkeys typically forage on forest floors, but can also be found in grasslands and swamps. They feed on nuts, seeds, fruits, insects, and salamanders.

    

Wild turkey reintroduction programs began in the 1940s, and the birds were relocated to areas where populations had been decimated but woodlands were recovering. Such efforts worked so well that wild turkeys now live in areas where they may not have occurred when Europeans first reached the Americas. Today, flocks are also found in Hawaii, Europe, and New Zealand.

    

Only male turkeys display the ruffled feathers, fan-like tail, bare head, and bright beard commonly associated with these birds. They also gobble with a distinctive sound that can be heard a mile (a kilometer and a half) away.

    

Females lay 4 to 17 eggs, and feed their chicks after they hatch—but only for a few days. Young turkeys quickly learn to fend for themselves as part of mother/child flocks that can include dozens of animals. Males take no role in the care of young turkeys.

    

Domestic turkeys have white-tipped tails because they are the descendants of a Mexican subspecies that was taken to Europe for domestication in the early 16th century. The feature distinguishes them from most modern wild turkeys, though captive diet, lifestyle, and breeding have caused other physical discrepancies.

 

What do you think of Tommy?

 

If you like him please register and support The LEGO Bird Project on CUUSOO I still need over 4,500 supporters to reach my 10,000 goal so please help me to spread the "Bird"

    

Thanks for stopping by and a big thank you to those who have taken the time to support my project already :-)

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Taken on November 21, 2012