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Turkeys
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.62

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     challenging words:    anecdote, quail, reintroduced, behalf, mating, gobblers, naked, domestic, extinction, commercial, mistaken, heavily, responsibility, contrast, however, early
     content words:    North America, National Wild Turkey Federation, United States, Benjamin Franklin, Founding Fathers, Turkish Empire


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1     Turkeys are one of the few large birds native to North America. They are also the largest game birds in this part of the world. Game birds are birds that are hunted for sport. Pheasants, ducks, and quail are other game birds. Turkeys were nearly hunted to extinction by the early 1900s. Then the National Wild Turkey Federation intervened. Turkeys were successfully reintroduced into the wild. Today, there are about six million wild turkeys roaming around open woodland areas from Canada to Mexico.
 
2     It is unlikely that one could confuse turkeys with other birds. Turkeys have several easy-to-spot features. Their heads and necks are nearly naked. They can raise their tail feathers to form a vertical fan. Male turkeys have long wattles at the base of their bills and at their throats. Turkeys are also known to have "beards" on their chests. These "beards" are actually feathers, not hairs.
 
3     Turkeys can be roughly divided into two groups - domestic and wild turkeys. Domestic turkeys are much bigger than their wild cousins. Domestic turkeys are raised for commercial purposes. They are so heavy that they are unable to fly. In contrast, wild turkeys can fly and run well. Wild turkeys are capable of flying for short distances at 55 miles per hour and running at 25 miles per hour.

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