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Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Description:

Turkey Vultures are large dark birds with long, broad wings. Bigger than other raptors except eagles and condors, they have long "fingers" at their wingtips and long tails that extend past their toe tips in flight. When soaring, Turkey Vultures hold their wings slightly raised, making a ‘V’ when seen head-on. Color Pattern Turkey Vultures appear black from a distance but up close are dark brown with a featherless red head and pale bill. While most of their body and forewing are dark, the undersides of the flight feathers (along the trailing edge and wingtips) are paler, giving a two-toned appearance.

Habitat:

Turkey Vultures are common around open areas such as roadsides, suburbs, farm fields, countryside, and food sources such as landfills, trash heaps, and construction sites. On sunny days, look for them aloft as early as 9 a.m.; in colder weather and at night they roost on poles, towers, dead trees, and fence posts.

Notes:

This turkey vulture was riding on the wind current. He kept going back in forth in the same area for quite sometime. Not sure if he was just enjoying himself or searching for food. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/turke...

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2 Comments

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 5 years ago

Thank you harsuame :)

harsuame
harsuame 5 years ago

Buenas imágenes

Florida, USA

Lat: 30.10, Long: -84.19

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on Apr 16, 2012

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