Scientific Name: Cathartes aura
Adult Turkey Vultures are very large, raptors. They have very long wings and have black feathers on their body and brown feathers on their wings. All Turkey Vultures have a white beak, and featherless heads. Young Turkey Vultures have a gray head while adults have a red head.
Turkey Vultures live year round in Latin America and the Caribbean. But in the summer months they can be found in all 48 of the contiguous United States and even parts of Canada!
The Turkey Vultures are scavengers which means they eat whatever they can find. They eat fish, reptiles, other birds, amphibians, and invertebrates (bugs). They will even eat leftovers from another animal’s meal.
Written by Zachary Arenberg