Pictures of Turkeys for Thanksgiving

The bald eagle may be the United States’ national emblem, but there’s another feathery friend that many associate with the U.S.—especially around the holidays.

People have depended on turkey long before Abraham Lincoln established the Thanksgiving holiday in 1863. The Maya domesticated turkeys thousands of years ago.

To celebrate this graceful bird that has helped stand so many people, we present these friendly portraits of turkeys.



turkeyA wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) poses at the at Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


A Narragansett turkey (a breed of wild turkey) opens wide at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee


This brightly colored ocellated turkey (Meleagris ocellata) at Texas’ Dallas World Aquarium might remind some readers of a peacock.


An Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami) keeps it real at Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, North Carolina


A female Rio Grande wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) chills out at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Adapted from: National geographic