Longtime readers will know that one of my workplaces is home to a large flock of wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo). Today, when I arrived at work, one of the male turkeys was in full 'Thanksgiving card' mode, trying to impress the lady turkeys with his impressive plumage:
From the back, one can see the 'architecture' of the tail display, with its prominent radiating quills:
The post title takes its name from the Spanish word for turkey, which is based on the generic name for the peacock. Sir Alec Issigonis, the designer of the Mini Cooper, famously said "a camel is a horse designed by committee." I would assert that a turkey is a peacock designed by committee- it has a sleek, subtly colored body on which a grotesque vulture head is grafted.
I'm hoping the mating season lasts a while, because it is comical to see these birds puffed up in such dramatic fashion. They are a picturesque addition to this charming spot, especially when they strut about in such fancy dress.