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  Re: [aroid-l] From Peru
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.08.25 at 16:25:48(9281)
Dear Ricardo,

I believe the birds you are observing may be the ocellated turkey, only the
second species of turkey (the barn-yard turkey is a domesticated
Mexican/Central American species of 'regular' turkey, about 7 other
sub-species of 'regular' turkeys are discribed from N. America. The
Mexican/Central American ocellated turkey, though closely related to the
'barnyard' turkey, has never been domesticated and is very different! Or
you may be talking about one of the curacaos, a larger blacker group of
birds, still related to turkeys and chickens. The guans I mentioned are
another family, but also distantly related to chickens and turkeys. They
are probably known as 'chacalakas' or soemsuch in your Country based on the
loud early morning/evening calls of the group.


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