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What is the flap of skin under a turkey’s chin called?

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The flap of skin under a turkey's chin may be known as a dewlap or a wattle; though the wattle is more evident in male turkeys, both male and females have this anatomical feature. This flap of skin stretches from the turkey's neck to a point on the head just under the beak.

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What is the flap of skin under a turkey’s chin called?
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Though both male and female turkeys have this anatomical feature, the male's is not only more noticeable but also has additional features. When a male, or tom, turkey gets excited, its dewlap will become bright red. This is similar in function to other turkey features, including the snood and the caruncles.

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    What is the function of a turkey's wattle?

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    The function of a turkey's wattle is to dissipate heat and add an extra layer of attraction to the normal turkey courtship dance by shaking the wattle. Although the wattle is found in males and females, males have much larger wattles. It has been found that the size of the wattle is directly related to the testosterone levels in the male turkey.

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    What hangs off a turkeys neck?

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    The piece of flesh that hangs from the turkey's neck is called a wattle. It is a type of caruncle, a small outgrowth of skin found in some species of birds. A wattle is also known as a dewlap when it is not attached to any other structure.

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    What is the red part of the turkey called?

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    The red, fleshy part of a turkey's head is the snood, while the part that dangles under his neck is the wattle. Only male turkeys have snoods or wattles.

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    What is a dewlap?

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    A dewlap is the flap of fat and skin that hangs down under the jaws of many vertebrates. The term can also refer to other structures in the same area of the body like the vocal sac of a frog.

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