Saturday, March 05, 2005

Gems are hard to find...

If you were to ask turkeys and eagles to participate in a contest to be determined by the contestants, the eagles would suggest a contest on how high one can soar, and the turkeys will immediately agree.
The Meleagris gallopavo species is from the Greek name standing for guinea fowl, meleagris. The species name gallopavo is from the Latin words gallus(cock) and pavo (peacock).

Its classification is:
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae

Turkeys exist in the millions in population and have a life expectancy of 1.3 to 1.6 years. The longest time a turkey ever lived was 13 years.

In contrast, the Aquila pelagica (Pallas) species, also Haliaeetus Leucocephalus, Aquila Chrysaetos, Haliaeetus pelagicus, Haliaetus pelagicus, Haliaetos pelagica, Faico leucopterus, Faico imperator, Thalassaetus pelagicus, Thalassaetus macrurus, Haliaeetus macrurus, Thallasoaetus pelagicus, Harpia harpyja, Terathopius ecaudatus...

Concentrating on the Haliaeetus leucocephalus, its life span is about 40 years. Recovering from the 500 or so pairs in the 60s, eagle population now numbers only in the tens of thousands.

Indeed, it's much easier to find turkeys in life... Turkeys are no gems!

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