27 Nov Talking Turkey: 8 Things You Didn’t Know about a Turkey’s Vision
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, watch football, and enjoy a bountiful meal prepared by the designated cook. Here’s some fun facts you can share with as you sit down to gobble up your Thanksgiving Day feast.
8 Things you didn’t know about a Turkey’s Vision:
- They have color vision.
- They have poor night vision.
- They have excellent visual acuity during daylight hours.
- They lack 3D vision, but compensate by bobbing their heads up and down to gather information about their surroundings.
- They have excellent peripheral vision to alert them of nearby predators.
- Their eyes are set apart on opposite sides of their heads, but the fact that they can rotate their necks 360° proves to be a great asset because they can survey their area from all angles.
- Single cone photoreceptors found in a turkey’s retina detect light to wavelengths near 400 nanometers, which is in the UVA light range. The ability to see UVA light helps birds when they are detecting prey, selecting a mate, and foraging for food.
- Hunters should be cautious of washing their clothes with phosphates and other chemicals that whiten or brighten clothes. These artificial brighteners glow a bright blue to turkeys, who can see the ultraviolet light as part of the color spectrum.