True or false?: Turkeys can't fly. Although these bulbous, feathered birds may appear a bit too awkward to take flight, turkeys can actually reach air speeds up to 55 mph when traveling short distances. And that's not the only impressive thing about this seemingly normal species. Turkeys can walk straight up a tree, reveal their gender through dietary differences in their feces, and even eat rocks to help them digest food in the wild. In fact, in North America there are six subspecies of wild turkey—can you guess which one the pilgrims ate? (It was the M. gallopavo silvestris). Today, these wild turkeys roam the same eastern areas of the U.S. and Canada as their ancestors.
When it comes to the common perception of turkeys, most of us could not be more mistaken. Learn more about these surprisingly incredible creatures here.