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Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura


Found on fence post along gravel road between forested area and field.


Spotted at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge near refuge office.

1 Species ID Suggestions

LindaKing2 7 years ago
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Yes Fyn but I thought it might be a misused term like in the song "Ol' turkey buzzard..." oops maybe before your time.

Tamarac Denis
Tamarac Denis 7 years ago

Hey, not all birds can live an exciting life of pretty colors and exciting foreign travels to tropical locations.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 7 years ago

Buzzards are a different group of raptors than Vultures.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Would this also be called 'Turkey buzzard' or is that something else?

EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Boring?! TylerGraden take that back! ;) Just kidding! This is definitely a turkey vulture. Looks to be a beautiful old bird due to the white warts on his face and bleached feathers! I have had more fun watching turkey vultures feed on a carcass than watching some other birds! I love their hierarchical behavior and how socially smart they are!

I love this picture with the warning sign below! Great shot - sweet bird!

TylerGraden 7 years ago

Great Picture. As common and "boring" as these birds are, they're pretty interesting if you give them a chance. I believe it's a Turkey Vulture though, as LindaKing pointed out.

Tamarac Denis
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Tamarac Denis

Texas, USA

Spotted on Jan 8, 2014
Submitted on Jan 8, 2014

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