Things Turkey – Welcome to Things-Turkey.co.uk
This website is for both aficionados and enquirers of the country of Turkey, the Republic of Turkey and the bird as a wild turkey species for hunting or ornithology or domestic turkey for the table.
Turkey the Country: Turkey or in Turkish, Türkiye is officially the Republic of Turkey or Türkiye Cumhuriyeti. It has a trans-continental foot in Europe west of the Bosporus and the Dardanelles and another in Asia to the east. A secular state with a mainly Moslem population, although Turkey has a leaning more towards Europe and the west, particularly as a military ally and in its modern culture, than its close Arab neighbours. Turkey is a popular destination for European tourists.
The turkey, as a domesticated table bird: The bird of choice for many celebration dinners across the globe where North Americans and Western Europeans have settled. Thanksgiving for Americans in Thailand is likely to be around a table with a fine roasted turkey as the center piece. As is Christmas in the Antipodes for many Europeans, particularly those of British descent.
The turkey, as a wild bird: The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is native to North America and is the heavier member of the two species of wild turkeys or Galliformes, the other being the ocellated turkey, found in Central and South America. Turkeys were first taken to the European mainland by the Spanish who had found them as a favorite domesticated animal of the South American Aztecs. The wild turkey is hunted in both North and South America for sport and the table.