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.
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.
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.
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.
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.