This week's featured bird, the helmeted guineafowl, has unlikely connections to a bird featured on many tables this week, the turkey. Wild turkeys were named Meleagris gallopavo to connect them to the guineafowl family (the helmeted guineafowl is Numida meleagris) because explorers who first saw turkeys noted the similarities between them and the guineafowl they were more familiar with. The helmeted guineafowl is similar in another way, as well - it is the most popular game bird in Africa and is often featured on dinner tables itself.
Would you like to see the helmeted guineafowl or other turkey cousins? Share your sightings in the comments!
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