* Threatened or Endangered

Spanish Black Turkey *

 : Meleagris gallopavo

 : Bird

 : Europe

 : Seeds, grains, fruits and insects

 : up to 30 lbs.

 : Prevalent across parts of Europe including Spain and England. Imported back into the United States by poultry fanciers as an ornamental breed.

All turkeys originated in North America, but certain color variations were exported and thrived elsewhere, such as this dark turkey.  While black turkeys were mentioned by early explorers in the Americas, they certainly weren’t the dominant type found. The Spanish Black is a very old variety, possibly the first variety to be developed and domesticated.