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Turkey Vulture - (Cathartes aura) 



  • Large, dark, soaring, raptor-like
  • Red bare skin on head of adult
  • Two-toned wing color underneath
  • Head of juvenile dark
  • 27" (69 cm.)


  • Open country and woodlands

Additional Information

  • Common migrant and summer resident,
         feeds on carrion
  • Soars in wide area searching for food
  • While soaring, holds wings in shallow "V"
  • Nests on ledges of rock cliffs, in large
         hollow trees, or abandoned buildings

Turkey Vulture on post looking over shoulder

Three Turkey Vultures standing on a mowed field

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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