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Birdwatching in North America - Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura


The turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) is the most widespread of the New World vultures. One of three species in the genus Cathartes of the family Cathartidae, the turkey vulture ranges from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts.

Like all New World vultures, it is not closely related to the Old World vultures of Europe, Africa, and Asia. The two groups strongly resemble each other because of convergent evolution; natural selection often leads to similar body plans in animals that adapt independently to similar conditions.

The turkey vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion.[3] It finds its food using its keen eyes and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gasses produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals. In flight, it uses thermals to move through the air, flapping its wings infrequently.

It roosts in large community groups. Lacking a syrinx—the vocal organ of birds—its only vocalizations are grunts or low hisses. It nests in caves, hollow trees, or thickets. Each year it generally raises two chicks, which it feeds by regurgitation.

It has very few natural predators.[6] In the United States, the vulture receives legal protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

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Range map from www.oiseaux.net

Range map
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Conservation status
Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)



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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 31 March 2023
Location: Main Road to Flamingo Visitor Centre, Everglades National Park, Florida USA


Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
31 March 2023 - Main Road to Flamingo Visitor Centre, Everglades National Park, Florida USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
31 March 2023 - Main Road to Flamingo Visitor Centre, Everglades National Park, Florida USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
31 March 2023 - Main Road to Flamingo Visitor Centre, Everglades National Park, Florida USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
31 March 2023 - Main Road to Flamingo Visitor Centre, Everglades National Park, Florida USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
31 March 2023 - Main Road to Flamingo Visitor Centre, Everglades National Park, Florida USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
31 March 2023 - Eco Pond Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
3 April 2023 - Flamingo Visitor Center, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
3 April 2023 - Flamingo Visitor Center, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
3 April 2023 - Flamingo Visitor Center, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
8 April 2023 - Kremmling, Colorado, USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
8 April 2023 - Kremmling, Colorado, USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
8 April 2023 - Kremmling, Colorado, USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
8 April 2023 - Kremmling, Colorado, USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
8 April 2023 - Kremmling, Colorado, USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
8 April 2023 - Kremmling, Colorado, USA

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
1 May 2023 - Fifty Point CA (Niagara side), Niagara, Canada

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
3 May 2023 - Niagara Falls Parkway, Queenston Heights overlook, Canada

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
3 May 2023 - Niagara Falls Parkway, Queenston Heights overlook, Canada

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture
3 May 2023 - Niagara Falls Parkway, Queenston Heights overlook, Canada



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