Turkey Vulture

Other Names: turkey buzzard, John crow, carrion crow

Distribution: permanent resident in the southern United States through Mexico; summer resident throughout the United States.

Description:

Size: 65-80 cm in length with a 140-170 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Generally black overall. In flight, the long wings are held upward in a wide, shallow V; the flight feathers are silvery below. The tail is long and the head is small, bare, and reddish; gray in juveniles. The beak and legs are yellow and the eyes are black.

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Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Bill Shape
hooked
thick billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yucatan
yukon
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
broad-wings
Action
hopping
Markings
crown
head
Sounds
staccato
harsh song
high
Location
ground dwelling
low perching
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
aerial
agricultural
chaparral
cliffs or boulders
riparianorriverforest
savanna
fields
Deserts
Forests
Grasslands
Color
sheen
black
brown
Body Shape
hawk
Size
large
small
Order
vultures or condors (new world) - cathartidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species