Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Description:

Size & Shape: Turkey Vultures are large dark birds with long, broad wings. Bigger than other raptors except eagles and condors, they have long "fingers" at their wingtips and long tails that extend past their toe tips in flight. When soaring, Turkey Vultures hold their wings slightly raised, making a ‘V’ when seen head-on. Color Pattern: Turkey Vultures appear black from a distance but up close are dark brown with a featherless red head and pale bill. While most of their body and forewing are dark, the undersides of the flight feathers (along the trailing edge and wingtips) are paler, giving a two-toned appearance. Behavior: Turkey Vultures are majestic but unsteady soarers. Their teetering flight with very few wingbeats is characteristic. Look for them gliding relatively low to the ground, sniffing for carrion, or else riding thermals up to higher vantage points. They may soar in small groups and roost in larger numbers. You may also see them on the ground in small groups, huddled around roadkill or dumpsters.

Habitat:

Turkey Vultures are common around open areas such as roadsides, suburbs, farm fields, countryside, and food sources such as landfills, trash heaps, and construction sites. On sunny days, look for them aloft as early as 9 a.m.; in colder weather and at night they roost on poles, towers, dead trees, and fence posts.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

TylaGarner
Spotted by
TylaGarner

Rockland, Idaho, USA

Spotted on May 6, 2015
Submitted on May 22, 2015

Spotted for Mission

Related Spottings

Turkey Vulture Turkey Vulture Buitre mexicano Buitre cabeza colorada

Nearby Spottings

housefly Spotting Dwarf Burning Bush Yellow squash
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team