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Black Turkeys, sometimesrnreferred to as Black Spanish Turkeys or Norfolk Black Turkeys, were developedrnin Europe from a group of Aztec turkeys brought from Mexico in the 1500's. Todayrnthey are found throughout Europe and are considered the oldest turkey breed inrnthe UK.

rn lack Turkeys have arnlustrous greenish-black plumage.

rn lack Turkeys were sentrnin the holds of ships on the transatlantic crossing from Europe to the NewrnWorld, and were raised by early colonists. Ironically, it is likely that thernturkey consumed at the first Thanksgiving meal may have actually been fromrnEuropean birds, rather than wild turkeys native to the continent, though theserndescended from same bird.

Later, Black Turkeysrnwere crossed with wild turkeys to help produce other breeds such as the Bronze Narragansett, and Slate Turkeys. They remained a commercially farmed variety inrnthe U.S. until the early 20th century, but fell out of favor after therndevelopment of Broad Breasted Bronze and Broad Breasted White Turkeys.

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