Female turkeys are called hens. Male turkeys are known as toms, while baby turkeys are poults and a group of turkeys is known as a flock.
The scientific name for a turkey is Meleagris gallopavo. Native to the Americas, turkeys were domesticated in Mexico long before European explorers began transporting them to Europe in the 16th century. Turkeys have been a popular food choice in Europe and the Americas ever since. The fossil record indicates that turkeys have existed for more than 5 million years. Turkeys usually get around by walking, but they can fly short distances and can even swim.