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Royal Palm Turkeys are a breed of Turkey best known as anrnornamental bird with a unique appearance, largely white with bands of metallicrnblack.

Royal Palm Turkeys first appeared in the 1920s on a farm inrnLake Worth, Florida, apparently as a cross between Black, Bronze, Narragansett and native turkeys. After years of selective breeding the Royal Palm wasrnfinally accepted by the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfectionrnin 1971.

The toms are noted for being non-aggressive, and the hensrnare particularly good mothers, but they are too small for commercial use. Theyrnare primarily kept as an exhibition bird, or on small farms.

Royal Palm Turkeys are a very endangered breed. They are on thernwatch list with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. They are alsornincluded in Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste, a catalog of heritage foods in dangerrnof extinction. And Australia and The US both report the breed as Endangered.

In Europe, a turkey with similar coloration is sometimesrncalled the Crollwitzer, Pied, or Black-laced White.

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