Happy Thanksgiving from this gorgeous male ocellated turkey! These turkeys are clearly much more colorful than others of their kind, boasting a bright blue face and iridescent feathers. Though males are slightly brighter than females, both sexes are stunningly colored with distinctive eyespots on the end of their tailfeathers. These birds are found in the Yucatán Peninsula and have a very generalist diet, feeding on anything from plant matter to insects. Their chicks are highly energetic and feed mainly on insects for the first month of life.
These turkeys are currently listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List due to over-hunting, especially during breeding season since they prefer open areas for their courtship displays, making them easy targets. Sadly, when females are killed at this time, the survival rate of their chicks drops drastically, hindering the continuation of the species even further.
Photographed at @dallas_world_aquarium.
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Image by @joelsartore | When you have babies as cute as these mallard ducklings, you definitely don’t want them to lose their way. Luckily, imprinting on their mother gives these little guys a boost when it comes to survival. When a duckling imprints on it’s mother they never want her to be out of their sight and will call out to her the moment she leaves their field of vision. Not only does imprinting help keep baby ducks in a row, but it also helps them learn survival behaviors by watching everything that mom does.
Immediately upon hatching, ducklings are able to follow their mother to the nearest source of water to feed. Though they are lined with down already, their feathers are not yet waterproof, so they depend on their mother for both waterproofing and warmth. After 50-60 days, ducklings become fully mature and ready to fly off on their own.
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These ducklings were photographed at @wildlife_rescue_team_inc in Nebraska.