New Mexico Birds: Galliformes


This is the same taxonomic order that includes turkeys and chickens. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

Odontophoridae: Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii)


Phasianidae: Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

There are multiple subspecies of wild turkey, including at least three in New Mexico. The turkeys that Americans consume on Thanksgiving Day were domesticated in southern Mexico, from the wild subspecies found there. The Spanish introduced domesticated turkeys to Europe, where they became barnyard animals. British settlers then brought domesticated turkeys back across the Atlantic, into what became the thirteen United States.