Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Sometimes called a turkey buzzard, this large bird has a very wide range. They can be found from southern Canada to the tip of South America.

Weighing in at 1.8 to 5.3 lb/0.8 to 2.41 kg, and with a wingspan of 63-72 in/160-183cm, they are an impressive site in flight. I was lucky to see this one in Southern Oregon near a road.

The turkey buzzard fills an important role, feeding on a wide variety of carrion (dead animal flesh). By consuming the carrion, they help the ecosystem stay clean by removing disease potential.

They are somewhat unique in that they locate their prey by scent. They also are frequently the first vulture/condor type bird to arrive at a carcass. Since they lack the sharp beak to cut into the animal hide, they typically follow other vultures and condors when eating.

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