Name (Latin): Cathartes aura
Size: L 26" WS 67" WT 1,830 g
Description: large, dark in color, two-toned wings, small naked head (red in adults), rocking flight
Song/Sounds: hissing and clucking. Listen Here.
Habitat: Grassland areas, rangeland, mixed forest & farmland, the sides of the road near road-kill, usually seen flying overhead in search of carrion.
Seasons in Keene: Summer
Nest and Eggs: Clutch size is 1-3 eggs
Similar Species: Black Vulture
Distribution: Throughout the U.S. and Mexico
Fun Facts: The Turkey Vulture uses vomit as a defence mechanism when threatened. Also, they will defecate on their own legs to cool themselves down.
Video: Turkey Vulture