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Bourbon Red

Bourbon Red

The Bourbon Red is a breed of domestic turkey named after its unique reddish plumage and for Bourbon County, Kentucky. The breed's feathers are a dark base colour, with white primaries in the tail characterized by a soft red band and white flight feathers; both the tail and wings feature chestnut coverts. Bourbon Reds were selectively bred for utility traits as a meat bird, and was an important variety in the American turkey industry throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Like most turkey breeds, it declined after the commercial adoption of the Broad Breasted White turkey.

 

Acrylic on a paper bag (McDonald's USA 1985), 31,5 x 15,5 cm, 2018, Private collection