Ocellated Turkey Meleagris ocellata
Version: 1.0 — Published May 4, 2012
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No documented geographic variation.
Ocellated Turkey first was described as Meleagris ocellata by Cuvier in 1820. Chapman (1896) proposed the monotypic genus Agriocharis, and the species was recognized as Agriocharis ocellata until a review of the osteology, paleontology and natural history by Steadman (1980) returned the species to Meleagris. Ocellated Turkey has been recognized by the American Ornithologists’ Union as Meleagris ocellata since 1998. The only other extant species of Meleagris is Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo.