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In the country of Turkey, the bird known in the USA as Turkey is called?



Answer: Hindi Bird

If there ever was a case of confused place of origin in the animal kingdom, it is the humble turkey. There are several types of turkeys, all native to America. The wild turkey (the same species as the domestic turkey) is the most famous as it can be found in the North American forests and every year by millions of people on Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners in the United States.

When European explorers discovered wild turkeys for the first time as they explored North America, they gave them the name turkey because they mistakenly identified them as a kind of guinea fowl, as is common in Europe. These guinea-fowl were popularly known to Europeans as "turkeys", as the majority of birds imported to Europe were transported there via trade routes that passed through the country of Turkey. The wrong name was just the beginning of a long process in which the poor turkey was misidentified. When turkeys were brought from North America to other regions of the world, every new region they arrived at tended to designate their origin as exotic somewhere (typically associating the bird with the colonial unit that introduced the bird to the region). [1

9659003] In Cambodia and Greece, the bird is known as the "French chicken or French bird". In many Arabic-speaking countries it is known as "Roman / Greek / Byzantine / Ethiopian rooster or chicken". In Malaysia it is known as "Dutch Chicken". In Turkey, the bird's real namesake, as used by North Americans, the bird is known as a "Hindi" bird, alluding to its origins in India. In fact, the bird is called Indian or from India or a variant of it in Armenia, France, Georgia, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.

Courtesy of Yathin S. Krishnappa.


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