It is a plump bird of medium size. Both sexes are the same. It has an orange belly and striking flanks with white, black, brown and gray bars; bare and strong legs; white throat and black-speckled chest; grayish brown back; red legs, bill and eye ring. Chickens and juveniles show brown tones and triptych designs. It is a species of terrestrial habits and a good walker, which usually moves on foot. However, the flight is fast and direct, alternating strong wingbeats with glides in which the orange edges of the tail stand out.
Braconid wasps lay their eggs in the body of caterpillars. When the wasp's larvae eclode, they eat the caterpillar from inside, until they are ready to pupate. Then, they leave the caterpillar's body, and imediately cover themselves with silk, assuming that foamy appearence. Soon they will come out as adult wasps.
Turkeys are dark overall with a bronze-green iridescence to most of their plumage. Their wings are dark, boldly barred with white. Their rump and tail feathers are broadly tipped with rusty or white. The bare skin of the head and neck varies from red to blue to gray.