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Turkey Vulture

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I am not sure if the grey-headed birds are Turkey Vultures. Help?

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EmilyMarino 9 years ago

So, I found out something today and I thought of you and this series of photos. I volunteer for the Birds of Prey Foundation and today we got a baby turkey vulture in. I was shocked because the baby had a black face! So your pictures above are actually of recently fledged juvenile turkey vultures and the one with the pink face is an adult. If you photographed them together I would be willing to bet that the one with the pink face is actually the parent. Turkey vultures get their pink faces around a year old! Great spotting!

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

I made a suggestion for Black Vulture, but I removed it because I am not sure actually! The 5th picture is definitely a turkey vulture. Was this the same bird in all your pictures?

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Osage City, Kansas, USA

Spotted on Aug 9, 2012
Submitted on Aug 10, 2012

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