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Ocellated Turkey

Meleagris ocellata

Description:

The Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) is a species of turkey previously residing primarily in the Yucatán Peninsula. According to the authorities at the Tikal National Park, they are now found only in northeastern Petén in Guatemala. A relative of the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) It is a relatively large bird, at around 70–122 cm (28–48 in) long and an average weight of 3 kg (6.6 lbs) in females and 5 kg (11 lbs) in males.

Habitat:

The ocellated turkey is found only in northeastern Petén in Guatemala. They are pretty tame in Tikal and common, but are elusive and wary in most of their range. They have become almost extinct in much of their former range, which included Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula; due to being an easy catch for hunters.

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23 Comments

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Antonio, Skel, and Seema...

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Tiz, and EnvUnlimited, you are most welcome...

Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Congratulations Pam on a wonderful SOTD!

Seema
Seema 7 years ago

bursting with shiny colors

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

congratulations on this wonderful turkey.

Beautiful bird Pam,great series,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Emilie…

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Congratulations, very beautiful :)

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Dilan

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 7 years ago

Beautiful bird & wonderful pics!

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Luis, suzmonk and Mark...

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

wow thanks Yasser. That was unexpected! Such a nice surprise this morning...

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Wow! Who wouldn't want to be a 'Turkey' that looks like that!!! :)
Congratulations Pam!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago

Wow!!Nice!Congrats Pam!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Good shots Pam. Congratulations.

suzmonk
suzmonk 7 years ago

Congratulations, pamsai ...

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Congrats Pam. Beautiful SOTD!

Yasser
Yasser 7 years ago

Pam, this gorgeous turkey from Guatemala has been chosen as Spotting of the Day! Congratulations and we look forward to seeing much more from you in the New Year.

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pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Kranti and Doreen

doreen.chambers.14
doreen.chambers.14 7 years ago

Wow. Just beautiful!

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Tyler

Kranti Dhiman
Kranti Dhiman 7 years ago

too great !!

TylerGraden
TylerGraden 7 years ago

Great pictures.

pamsai
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Petén, Guatemala

Spotted on Aug 20, 2013
Submitted on Jan 6, 2014

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