|Although it's difficult to make out, there are several "normal colored" wild turkeys|
around this unusual white one. I count at least four; one to the right and three to the left of the white turkey.
A few weeks ago, the Chesapeake Bay Children and I were invited to a Sunday dinner down Onemo. After supper we went riding around and happened upon a flock of wild turkeys.
Wild turkeys are not an unusual sight around here, but what was unusual was the one white bird in the group.
I've never seen a white, wild turkey before. Or a wild, white turkey. I've never seen a wild turkey that was white. Or something...all of a sudden I can almost guess the joke Deltaville Jamie is going to make about a white turkey. But I digress...
Anyway our dinner hosts, both of whom work for the Fish and Wildlife Service, had never seen a white, wild turkey (other than this particular one) before.
So just what makes this wild turkey so white?
Leucism? This site references a condition called leucism, which is "a very unusual condition whereby the pigmentation cells in an animal or bird fail to develop properly," resulting in "unusually white patches...or, rarely, completely white creatures."
Albino? If it were albino, according to that same site, there would be pink or red eyes, and I can't tell what color the eyes are here. Regardless, albino doesn't sound right in this instance.
Mixed breed? This site talks about a Narragansett turkey, which is a cross between the Eastern wild turkey and the domesticated turkeys brought to Colonial America. However, any pictures I found in a quick Google search didn't really look like the one below.
Does it matter? In the end I'm just thankful to have spent an evening with friends and turkeys.
Anyone know anything about wild turkeys and why we might have a white one in our midst?
|All this turkey talk reminds me that we're almost a week away from Thanksgiving.|
Where did the year go?