Turkeys

What is the Purpose of the beard on a Turkey?

Two turkey headsAll of our poultry experts felt that the beard has no specific anatomical function, but this doesn’t mean the beard has no purpose. The beard is a secondary sex characteristic of the male, a visual differentiation between the sexes. How could a hen possibly resist the sexual allure of the beard of a strutting Tom?

From: When do Fish Sleep? By David Feldman

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