I ran into some puffed-out traffic on my bike commute recently. A tom turkey was owning the bike path, strutting his stuff to woo females in the adjacent woods. Among his assets: a fanned-out tail, a plumped-up chest, and a monstrous snood.
For those who don’t know, a turkey’s snood is that fleshy, dangly bit that hangs down over his beak. It’s particularly pronounced—and often brightly colored—on males during the spring mating season. It’s also at this time of year that toms are notoriously aggressive and known to attack passersby. All of which is to say that I’m not a big fan of turkey snoods, both as a signifier of potential avian aggression and because, well, they just look a little gross.
I eventually made it past Tom, who just glared at me and held his ground as I anxiously rode by. Inspired by the encounter, I did some digging into all things snood and discovered that there is more to a snood than meets the eye (beak?).
It turns out that a snood also describes a range of head- and neck-wear:
Of all these, I definitely prefer the latter. An oversized, closed-loop scarf is essentially just a neck gaiter, one of the most important and overlooked cold-weather items there is. It’s also one that I am constantly recommending.
And it looks a lot better than a big dangly bit over your nose.