Top 10 facts about turkey

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Top 10 facts about turkey
These are the 10 things you never knew about turkey

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat… but these days most people in the UK have turkey anyway, so here are some facts about turkeys.

Top 10 facts about turkey
These are the 10 things you never knew about turkey

1. Only male turkeys make a gobbling sound. That is why they are called “gobblers”. Females are “hens”, babies are “poults”.

2. The dangly appendage on the face of a turkey is called a “snood”.

3. Research published in 1997 showed that female turkeys prefer males with long snoods.

Top 10 facts about turkey
10 million turkeys are eaten every Christmas in the UK alone

4. You can tell a turkey’s sex from its droppings: male turkey dropping are spiral-shaped, females are in the shape of a letter J.

5. According to Benjamin Franklin, turkeys are “much more respectable than bald eagles, which are of bad moral character”.

6. Turkeys were introduced into England in 1526 by the 16th-century navigator William Strickland.

Top 10 facts about turkey
About 2 million turkeys are wasted at the end of Christmas

7. The word “turkey” referring to the bird, was first seen in English in 1555.

8. Turkeys got their name as they were commonly brought to the UK by Turkish merchants.

Top 10 facts about turkey
Only male turkeys gobble, females cannot

9. Around 10 million turkeys are eaten in the UK at Christmas every year.

10. According to a survey by London Cleaning Systems, UK Christmas waste includes throwing away the equivalent of two million turkeys.