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Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura


A large dark brown bird that has a red head. The head does not have feathers. Underside feathers are pale in color. It has long tail feathers, and a white colored beak that is hooked.


Habitat: Open country areas, woods, deserts, and foothills. Some of the places they roost are on dead trees and towers. Diet: They mainly eat carrion, but have been known to kill live prey. Nests: Nests in a variety of places such as rock crevices, hollowed logs, and abandoned hawk nests just to name a few. They have 1 brood a year with a clutch size of 1-3 eggs. Ref: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Turk...


We saw these vultures as they landed on top of the school roof. It was a sight to see as the young vulture fed directly from the mouth of the parent. Super awesome!!! Fun Facts: 1. Turkey vultures do not have vocal chords (syrinx) so they can only hiss and grunt. 2. Turkey vultures have an excellent sense of smell unlike other birds. 3. These vultures have an amazing immune system. Ref: https://texashillcountry.com/10-facts-tu...

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San Antonio, Texas, USA

Lat: 29.42, Long: -98.46

Spotted on Nov 1, 2019
Submitted on Nov 4, 2019

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