Jul 22, 2007

Nodules

Did you know that there are two species of turkey? There's the tasty variety from North America (think Thanksgiving or sourdough bread and gravy), but there is also the ocellated turkey found only in the Yucatan peninsula of Central America.

Not much is known about this smaller bird. Though, we do know that the nodules found on this male's head will become more pronounced during mating season.

I'm so, so glad that humans don't exhibit a similar example of sexual dimorphism. If all human males had to distinguish themselves from females was face warts, our species would be in for a lot of trouble.


Photo source: Bill

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow...that looks like a bunch of ticks on its face. how hideous. O_O

pkeli said...

Egad, those do look like ticks. What a horrible thought. But his eye REALLY creeps me out. It sort of looks like a piece of candy...

Arachnophile said...

Those things totally remind me of the nodules on the roots of nitrogen-fixing plants. Perhaps turkeys are fulfilling a role in the ecosystgem we never even imagined before? ;)

kritter said...

Well, sometimes warts are the best a guy can do.