Turkey Vulture

Carthartes aura

Diurnal Birds of Prey

Turkey Vulture

Carthartes aura

Diurnal Birds of Prey

Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture

Daniel Fitzgerald

Found in open woodlands, or in open country near cliffs or forested areas.

 

In-flight, comparatively long tail and two-toned coloration to underside of wings distinguish this species. Featherless head is red. When flying, wings are held in a slightly upward position, creating a ‘V-shaped’ or dihedral appearance.

 

Typically nests in the base of hollow trees or tree stumps, or on cave floors or cliff ledges. Generally no nest materials are used. Feeds on a diverse array of carrion of both wild and domestic origin, with mammals being most common.

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