Turkey Vulture Photo Gallery
Turkey Vultures are commonly observed while hiking on trails through hilly areas. Elevation changes allow for updrafts, which the raptors use to soar high into the sky.
What does the Turkey Vulture look like?
Turkey Vultures are large dark brown raptors. They have long burly wings that are white and black on the undersides, sharply hooked ghostly white bills and brilliant red bald heads.
Turkey Vulture Habitat
Turkey Vulture Facts
Turkey Vultures are large carrion eating Birds of Prey. These scavengers have a heightened sense of smell to detect dead animals below forest canopies. They tend to soar in the air with a distinctive "V" shape, looking for prey, sometimes in small groups. Views of Vultures vary with cultures. EX: Tibetan Buddhists practice "Sky Burials," during which the dead are eaten, often by vultures. The word vulture is thought to come from the Latin word "vellere," meaning to pluck or tear. They are colloquially called " buzzards."