Turkey Vultures

Scientific Name: Cathartes aura

Turkey Vultures

Glenn Bartley/VIREO

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

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  1. Posted December 9, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I have never heard of a turkey vulture, but I have heard of a real vulture. Do the turkey vultures eat dead animals like the real vultures?

    • Posted December 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      Turkey vultures are real vultures. Turkey vultures are a type of vulture. Other types of vultures are black vultures, California condors and king vultures to name a few. Yes, turkey vultures eat dead animals. What other type of vulture have you learned about?

  2. shawn
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    That’s quiet a bird.

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