The history of turkeys
As 10 million homes across Britain prepare to tuck into one, Julian Humphrys looks at the history of the bird that will never vote for Christmas
So, do they come from Turkey?
No. They’re native to the Americas. They got the name because when Europeans first came across them they incorrectly thought they were a form of African guinea fowl which, because they were imported into Europe from Turkey, were commonly known as turkey fowl.