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UOTAMUJAR, BUT VALUABLE, "OCELLATED"
BIRDS TO BE BROUGHT PROM YUCATAN.
Domesticated Turkey Was First Served as a Table Del
ioaey at the Wedding of Charles IX, in 1570 The
Spaniards, When They Invaded Mexico,
Found Moctezuma Had Flocks of Fowls.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Nov. 23.
For the Improvement of our
Thanksgiving bird, the "ocel
lated" turkey is to be Imported from
Yucatan. Used for crossing with the
domesticated fowl, it ia expected Mar
kedly to enhance the beauty of the ani
mal and the flavor of th meat.
One should understand, to start with,
that this Tariety of turkey which has
never been reduced to Iomestication
hitherto Is one of the most beautiful
of feathered creatures. It is of about
the. same size as our own iurkeyt but
of a more brilliant eoimation, and with
"eyes" (hence the name bestowed upon
the species) sprinkled over its tail like
those which adorn the tail of a pea
cock. When the Spaniards invaded Mexico,
early in the 16th century, they found
there domestjeated turkeys the birds
being kept and bred by Montezuma to
feed the jaguars, pumas, and other
carnivores in the wonderful zoological
garden which that monarch maintained
as an appanage of his royal state. They
supposed them to be a kind of pea
cock, and as such described them in the
letters they wrote to folks at home. But
they never saw the "ocellated" turkey,
else the likeness to the peacock would
have struck them much more forcibly.
As everybody knows, the turkey be
longs exclusively to the new world.
There are three distinct species: (1) the
wild turkey" of the "United States, (x)
the turkey native to Mexico (which,
cwlng to a curious series of happenings,
has become our farm fowl, distin
guished by the white meat of its
breast), and (3) the "ocettated," or
"eyed" turkey, native to Yucatan and
adjacent portion of Guatemala and.
The "ocellated" turkey is a bird of
much more varied and beautiful plum
age than either of the others. It is, in
deed, rivalled in these respects by few
feathered creatures. When one says
that its bare head and neck are deep
blue, covered with bright red wart-like
excrescences, that its back and rump
are blue tipped with red, that its wing
coverts are deep red in color, and that
its bill, legs and feet are likewise red
all brilliant metallic hues the descrip-
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tion is not quite complete, bright yel
lows and other tints being incidentally"
For many centuries this gorgeous
fowl has been hunted by the aborigines
of the regions in which it is found, and,
in consequence, it has become extra
ordinarily shy so much so, Indeed, that
according to the testimony of natural
ists few birds are so difficult to ap
proach. Yet it is not, like our own wild
turkey, a denizen of dense forests, but
rather a frequenter of the edges of
clearings, and of such places as tha
borders of corn fields.
Its habits in a general way, however,
are much like those of our wild turkey.
It roosts in trees, and builds its nest
in a fashion similar to that of its North
American congener. One of its pecu
liarities is a song which is like that of
no other bird, and which is described as
resembling the rapid pecking of a dis
Largest of Pheasants.
All turkeys are handsome birds a
circumstance not surprising when ono
considers their ornithological relation
ship. For this interesting and palatable
fowl is in truth a pheasant the
largest (at all events the bulkiest) of
all the pheasants. The peacock, is a
pheasant also, but does not nearly ap
proach the turkey in respect or weignt.
It is, moreover, much more closely re
lated to our farm yard chickens than
to the turkev.
Chickens are true pheasants all of
them being descended from a species
native to Southern India, and which to
day is found wild is that part et the
world. It Is the Oallas banktra a bird
resembling in a striking degree the do
mesticated variety familiarly known
as the "red game.'' The much esteemed
guinea fowl, too, is a pheasant, and is
more closely related to the turkey ihin
any other existing bird. Thus it will
be understood why accidental crosses
between turkeys and puinea fowls once
in a while occur, producing a queer
sort of hybrid. Whether or not this
hybrid is fertile, i. e., capable of per
petuating itself, does not iwm tc be
a settled question.
Served an Meat in 1570.
To go back to the early Spaniards, it
is a matter of history th..l they- took
seme of Montezuma's tame turjeeys back
with them to Spain, where they were
bred. If tradition li"S iof, the first
occasion on which the great American
bird was served as a '.able delicac in
Europe was at the wedding of Charles
DC in the year 1570.
Evidently the merits of the fowl
gained quick appreciate :.i. ioi bi-i'o e
long it spread over the farm yards of
all Europe. At fir3t It was popularly
supposed to coma from tee Turkish
dominions (those lieins a little known
and more or less 'iysterici:s part of
the world whence anything previously
unheard of might naturally be thought
to have emanated), and hem e the naoie
liv which even to the present dav U IS
DiHtiBCt From Wild Turkey.
From Europe it was brought to the
l'nited States as a farm vard brern.
and in thi vv.iy it came about that th
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tinct from the wild turkey of our terri
tory, which has dark meat on the
breast As for the "ocellated" turkey,
it is, as already explained, very mark
edly different from either, and the modi
fications whicn tne introduction of its
blood into the farm yard strain may
produce are entirely open to conject
ure. No existing animal has been modified
by breeding to anything like such an
extent as the species of Bast Indian
pheasant which today, in its altered
and wonderfully-varied corras, we call
the chicken. But the giant Mexican
pheasant known as the turkey has un
dergone some striking changes inciden
tal to its domestication in this country.
It has been split up, as one might say,
into no fewer tharf six recognized vari
eties the "bronze." the -butt,' the
"slate," the "black," the "Narragan
sett," and the "white." These differ
markedly in plumage, of course. But
the "white," is nothing more nor less
than an albino type, perpetuated, like
the white rabbit from the white mouse,
by selection through a series of gen
erations. ' j
Turkey raisers are accustomed to kaep
their heaviest fowls from. year t6 year
for breeding purposes, and by this sim
ple method oi selection the size of the
bird has been much increased. Thus
the turkey weighing 44 pounds is noth
ing very, extraordinary. But, if one
would see giant turkeys, one should
visit Fishers island, off the western
tip of Rhode Island, where the greatest
and most successful turkey farm in the
world i maintained. The Island is. as
one might say, an artificial wilderness
of 4.000 acres, over which thousands
of the birds roam practically wild, no
shelter of 'any kind being- provided for
them. They thrive amazingly under
such treatment, and some specimens
reach a weight of nearly 56 pounds.
InfUNlon of AVI Id Blood.
What we know in this country as the
"wild turkey" is a species confined to
the eastern and southern United States.
The other, or Mexican species ' (which
is our domesticated fowl) extends its
range over parts of Texas. New Mexico,
Colorado and Arizona, "n respect of
plumage there is no very marked dif
ference between the two. The tips of
the tail-feathers of the Mexican turkey
in the wild state), and the feathers
overlying the base of the tail, are
cream-white. The same feathers in our
wild turkey are always brown.
The vigor of our domesticated turkey
stock is maintained by frequent infus
ions of wild blood the two species
crossing readily. Sometimes wild gob
blers are secured for this purpose by
hatching them from eggs found in the
woods. Though at first they are diffi
cult to handle, they soon become fairly
tame. But it often happens that a fulr
snmn wild gobbler will come out of
the woods of his own accord, and make
himself at home with a flock of tame
turkcvN easily driving off or killing
the domesticated gobbler to whom they
Nowadays there is a larjie demand
fi'!' a hat ,i!-i- called "linkev bi oiler. '
th.it is to ,;. ..ini' tmki's w' inline
keys are notoriously hard to raise,, and
many farmers are glad to sell them at
this stage of their growth) 1b prefer
ence to keeping them until they are
mature, and taking the incidental
chance of losing them. Dealers say
that if farmers cauld find a way to
force turkeys as they do chickens,
they could get almost any price for
them in the summer time from wealthy
, Demand for GuIhch Fowls.
The turkey's nearest relative, the
guinea-fowl, is gaining a steadily aug
mented appreciation as a table bird ap
propriate to the Thanksgiving season.
It has a game flavor strongly resem
bling that of the partridge, and some
people are very fond or Its eggs, which
command a high price in th market.
This bird, originally fetched from Af
rica, has never become more than half
domesticated, and to thiB day it roams
wild in flocks over much of the island
of Jamaica. There is money in breed
ing and rearing guinea-fowls, and our
own Department of Agriculture is ad
vising American farmers to go into the
business on a reasonably extensive
scale. If a fertile cross between this
species and the turkey can be obtained,
a new and valuable kind of poultry
will contribute to the profit of the
working agriculturist and to the appe
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