Why is the turkey called a turkey?

Did you know that the turkey was in fact named after the country Turkey? In Turkey though, the name refers to coming from India. In India, it refers to Peru. In Arabic, it’s called Greek Chicken. In French, it’s Indian Chicken.

So how did the turkey get it’s name? In this short Untamed Science video, the crew looks at not only the name, but also what Benjamin Franklin had to say about the bird, and the basics of turkey behavior.

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Untamed Science

A new science video podcast that explains science topics in a fun and exciting way. Great for science teachers to download and show in the classroom. Most videos come with lesson plans or accompanying informational web pages. All hosts and filmmakers are also trained biologists.