US 1956 Wild Turkey ; Wildlife Conservation 3c. Scott. 1077

US 1956 Wild Turkey ; Wildlife Conservation 3c. Scott. 1077

Series: Wildlife Conservation Issue

Stamp details: Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Issued date: 05-05-1956 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 3c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 1077
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 1079
Michel (Germany): 699
Yvert et Tellier (France): 611

Dimensions (height x width):
25mm x 40mm

Printer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Print Method: Rotary press

Stamp Colors: Rose lake
Perforation: Perf 11 x 10

Themes: Bird, Environment Protection, Tree

Total print: 123,159,400 (estimate)

Description:- The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is an upland ground bird native to North America, one of two extant species of turkey, and the heaviest member of the order Galliformes. It is the ancestor to the domestic turkey, which was originally derived from a southern Mexican subspecies of wild turkey (not the related ocellated turkey). Although native to North America, the turkey probably got its name from the domesticated variety being imported to Britain in ships coming from the Levant via Spain. The British at the time therefore associated the wild turkey with the country Turkey and the name prevails. An alternative theory posits that another bird, a guinea fowl native to Madagascar introduced to England by Turkish merchants, was the original source, and that the term was then transferred to the New World bird by English colonizers with knowledge of the previous species.