This turkey has a restricted geographic distribution to the north of Colombia and Venezuela. It is distinguished from other turkeys by a pale caudal band. The origin of her name Penelope is unclear. It could derive from the Greek penelops, which refers to a type of duck from which in Greek mythology it is said that it rescued and fed Penelope (daughter of Icarus and wife of Ulysses) after her parents threw her into the sea. The epithet argyrotis comes from the Greek arguros = silver and otis = ear.