Late Med. L. gallopavo, gallopavonis  Gessner’s 1555, name for the Wild Turkey, because its overall appearance is that of a fowl but in its size and bright tail it resembles a peacock  < L. gallus  cockerel; pavo, pavonis  peacock; ex “Gallopavo” of Gessner 1555, and Willughby 1676, “New-England Wild Turkey” of Ray 1713, “Turkey Cock” of Albin 1738, and “Meleagris” of Linnaeus 1746 (Meleagris).

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2019).