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Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Description:

The Turkey Vulture uses its sense of smell to locate carrion. The part of its brain responsible for processing smells is particularly large, compared to other birds. Its heightened ability to detect odors—it can detect just a few parts per trillion—allows it to find dead animals below a forest canopy.

Habitat:

Artificial marsh at Orlando Wetlands Park

Notes:

This vulture was sitting in a tree in the marsh but came down and landed in the marsh for some reason.

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Florida, USA

Lat: 28.58, Long: -81.00

Spotted on Feb 15, 2015
Submitted on Feb 16, 2015

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