Meleagris gallopavo is the Latin name for the wild turkey. eNature.com notes-
"Although the Wild Turkey was well known to American Indians and widely used by them as food, certain tribes considered these birds stupid and cowardly and did not eat them for fear of acquiring these characteristics. By the end of the 19th century, the Wild Turkey had been hunted almost to extinction in much of its original range. Now, with protection, restocking programs, and the return of the mature forests favored by turkeys, this species is making a marked comeback. It is now common in areas where it was totally absent a few decades ago. Turkeys are swift runners and quite wary. They often roost over water because of the added protection that this location offers. They are polygamous, and the male gobbles and struts with tail fanned to attract and hold his harem."
Hey, no wisecracks about my acquiring their characteristics! The population of Eastern Turkeys (the most plentiful of several breeds of wild turkey) has exploded in Kansas over the past 20 years. I started hunting them five years ago and enjoy it very much. The weather hasn't cooperated well enough to get out this season and we're already a month in. Tomorrow morning I will head out with Nathan to spend the first 5 or 6 hours of the day trying to put some #5 shot on the head of an old polygamous Tom. I hope their gobblin' their fool heads off as I move in on them under the cover of dark.