How Do Lady Turkeys Pick Their Guys? Female turkeys pick males based on dangly facial ornaments called snoods -- the more dangly, the better. (Inside Science) -- When you pick a turkey, you're probably looking for things like plumpness and price. But when a female turkey makes her choice, she's focused on something else: a nubbin of flesh called a "snood" that sits just above the male's beak. When he's ready for sex, his snood swells into a puckered, dribbly noodle several inches long.