National Geographic : 1936 Oct
HUNTED BIRDS OF FIELD AND WILD ) National Geographic Society THE WILD TURKEY, BARNYARD BRED, HAS BECOME THANKSGIVING'S SYMBOL In all his bronzed and brilliant glory, a big WILD TURKEY gobbler struts and scrapes the ground for the edification of one of his wives in the background, who seems wholly unimpressed. From this one hundred percent American bird the common domesticated turkey of holiday tables has descended. Once friendly and seemingly stupid, the wild turkey has been "educated" by hunters until it is now among the most suspicious and unapproachable of all game birds. In the tree is the elusive CHACHALACA of southern Texas and northeastern Mexico, which lurks in woods and dense chaparral. Through a U-shaped loop in its windpipe the male produces a resonant, far-carrying call.