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Turkey Vulture

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

 

                       Population: Stable

 

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

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