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The Turkey is a herdable animal in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors and a huntable animal in Age of Empires III.

Age of Empires II Edit

In Age of Empires II, the Turkey replaces the Sheep as the herdable animal in the American maps of the game. Their statistics and use are the same as Sheep. They have 7 hit points, 100 Food, and the same speed, and can be converted by the enemy.

Age of Empires III Edit

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A flock of Turkeys in Hispaniola.

Wild Turkeys appear as huntables in Age of Empires III, in the maps Carolina, Bayou, Ozarks, Hispaniola, Yucatán, Orinoco and Amazonia. They have ten hit points, meaning they take two shots from villagers without blunderbuss, and holds 400 Food. In the downloadable map Plymouth, all players starts with an intrepid turkey scout that can be used for scouting, but cannot attack, and if it is killed, it will turn into a crate of 50 food.

History Edit

"Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo
Approx. Size: 30 in. tall, 20 lb.
Diet: Seeds, roots, berries, nuts, insects, small vertebrates

Wild turkeys range throughout North America, chiefly in the east. They have dark bodies with light-tipped feathers, banded wing feathers, and a bluish head. Males have a bright red wattle under their beaks and a dramatic fanning tail. They are competent fliers, but are more likely to flee danger on foot at speeds of up to 25 mph. Solitary during mating season, females build nests on the ground, at the foot of trees, or in the shelter of a bush or tall grass where she lays about a dozen eggs. Turkeys are known for the "gobbling" sounds made by males. They are the centerpiece of modern Thanksgiving meals, though the Pilgrims had a variety of game at their first Thanksgiving feast.

Benjamin Franklin disapproved of the Bald Eagle as the national bird, considering it craven and cowardly. The turkey was a much more noble and worthy bird in his opinion. Coyotes and foxes are the chief predators of adult turkeys. Turkeys and their eggs and young fall victim to a wide variety of small predators.
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