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Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura


Though these large dark birds are larger than our hawks and look black in flight with "fingerlike" feathers at their wingtips, sitting in this tree I could see that it was dark brown. When it took off you see the undersides of the flight feathers along the trailing edge and wingtips are paler, giving a two-toned appearance. They don't beat there wings often but do more gliding holding their wings slightly raised, making a ‘V’ when seen head-on. Their head is red and has no feathers - rather ugly. The beak is pale yellow.


urban backyard


We call them Buzzards. Below freezing in the early evening when I saw this bird roosting in an Oak tree in my backyard.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Mar 16, 2017
Submitted on Mar 16, 2017

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