Turkey Feathers

Sample of Heritage feathers picked from the ground, representing some of the colors of the Heritage Turkey.

-However "Porters Rare Heritage Turkeys" cannot be outdone in feather color explanation:

http://www.porterturkeys.com/phenotypesandgenotypes.htm

http://www.porterturkeys.com/feathercolorgenetics.htm   




Picked from the ground this morning. I was impressed.

Another unique feather in the grass this morning

And they just keep dropping.....

Interesting study of wing shapes- analysis/comparison of species from across nine major avian clades & result of the study suggested wing shapes are influenced more from the "bird's ancestors wings" and less on flight style as long believed.

Mid-Cretaceous era, 100 million year old wing & feathers preserved in amber.

Turkey arrow fletching

My wife made these for a wedding.


Florida, land of mosquitos: undoubtedly the bird capital of the United States. However…. I can’t think of any feather  you can legally pick up except for a wild turkey feather… I guess a Starling feather is ok to touch.


Not even a Scrub Jay feather


Big fines....no picking raptor or sea-bird feathers from the shoreline or oak hammock.

Sandhhill Crane (do not pick up the feathers)


Wild turkey feather on ATATL-ATATL dart shaft



The reason I bought the original turkeys was to obtain some feathers for primitive arrow fletching.


Well that goal was exceeded beyond wildest expectations ---Fletching feathers, quill feathers, art and historical re-enactment feathers. Most of the feathers just get tossed into the garden-compost cart; still we end up with bags of turkey feathers.


Turkey feathers were used by many native Americans for robes, blankets, rainwear and of course decoration and arrow fletching.

DNA analysis conclusively demonstrates The South Mexican domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo gallopavo) is the primary ancestor of most modern pet and factory turkeys; with only varying degrees of other sup-species of wild turkeys mixed in. Turkey DNA in Mexico and the American Southwest


I use some of the best feathers for my hobby of reproduction arrows and flintknapping.

And of course the turkey is an extremely curious bird by nature. "So I have helpers"


MY

ATATL-ATATL (spear thrower) with turkey wing feather fletched palmetto wood dart



Newly hatched poult.

So I was reading that scientists speculate the first feathers developed for warmth.

Feather_evolution

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/09/dinosaur-feathers-found-in-amber-reinforce-evolution-theories/245094/


Check out the artist rendition of Anchiornis huxleyi

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Anchiornis+huxleyi&view=detail&mid=85FF2728FA908ED87D9A85FF2728FA908ED87D9A&FORM=VIRE


And this National Geographic artist version of an early Bird.

A collection of 15 feathered dinosaurs:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Anchiornis+huxleyi&&view=detail&mid=35782DFFEBF63386B1F035782DFFEBF63386B1F0&&FORM=VDRVRV


My "Dino-Turkey" carved from lighter-knot pine


A little more down to earth.......

A simple collection of "Turkey Art" ----vindication of the human fascination with these curious birds



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