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Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata)Photographed in Tikal National Park, Guatemala.

Ocellated Turkey

(Meleagris ocellata)

There are only two species of turkey in the world, the North American “Wild Turkey” (well known from Thanksgiving dinner) and this incredibly colorful fellow: The Ocellated Turkey. It is only found in the Yucatan Peninsula of Central America. (Ever wonder what are baby turkeys called?)

I photographed this particular guy strutting around the grounds of an ancient Maya ruin in Tikal National Park Guatemala. I know it’s a male because of the brilliant red eye-ring which appears in mating season.

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