New Bird Species Discovered!
Visiting the Ashokan Reservoir

How I Found the Turducken Egg & Feather

IMG_0072As news of the discovery of a brand-new bird species, Turduckensis flemingi (Wild Turducken), sweeps the globe, I am getting besieged by media requests.

Everyone wants to know: How did I get close enough to this elusive bird to collect an egg and feather for DNA analysis? (The post about the discovery is here.)

The answer: It wasn't easy.

I have become somewhat of an expert on fowl calls and have one of the world's leading collections of the same. (See photo above.)

Although the Wild Turducken's call is uncannily similar to the Blue Jay's, I have found through trial-and-error which call it responds to best.

Among the store-bought calls that I field-tested were the turkey-hooter/owl-call, IMG_0849 (1)a RedHead Jerry Martin Signature Series Mahogany Deluxe Box Turkey Call, two garden-variety Wild Turkey calls and a Haggli Scotticus (Haggis) call.

While I had some success with the RedHead Jerry Martin Signature Series Mahogany Deluxe Box Turkey Call, I did the best with the Haggis call.

The manufacturers of the Haggis call say that "the Haggis walks around the heather 'chirping' gently but when agitated it 'squawks.' Like trying to play Morse Code on a bagpipe."

You can read more about the Haggis bird here. (Ut is thought to be a relative of the Bare-fronted Hoodwink.)

I now hope to compare the Wid Turducken DNA with the Wild Haggis DNA to determine if they are related.

It makes sense. After all, the domestic turducken and the haggis are famed culinary treats.