Turkey Vulture

Turkey

Vulture

Cathartes aura

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You could say that I have a head for my work. My head is devoid of feathers so that nothing sticks, I have a hooked bill for scavenging dead animals and quite a nose for finding them! I am a master cleaner, the vulture of the New World who, from high up, keeps a watchful eye out for carrion. With my accute sense of smell and my first-rate eyesight, nothing gets by me. Since I do not need to capture my prey, I don’t have strong talons like the raptors and my legs are rather feeble.

I hang out in gangs, and I am therefore called a gregarious bird. It is us that you see tracing great circles in flight, our wings raised in a v-shape, swinging from side to side. We take advantage of rising warm air currents to soar this way. In fact, we are tireless gliders! 

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Turkey Vulture

Caracteristics

dimension

Total Length 67 - 81 cm M et F
Wingspan 1,60 -1,82 m ;
Weight 1,6 - 2,4 kg

Lifespan

Record of 16 yrs and 8 months in the wild

Habitat

Agricultural zones, deciduous forests

Diet

Carrion (mammals, birds)

Reproduction

1 clutch per year; 2 eggs (1-4);
incubation 28 to 41 days. Monogamous.

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