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Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura

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Size: 25-32"

Black body with bare (featherless) reddish skinned head.

Voice: Hissing noises

Range: Breeds over entire US except Alaska. Winters in the Southwest and in the East Coast south of New Enlgand to Florida and the Gulf.

Turkey Vultures are carrion eating scavengers. Natures road kill removal service. We had occasionally seen Turkey Vultures soaring overhead but never pearched in a tree or on the ground. Guess we were kind of lucky getting these photos, unlike 'boo-hoo' kitty in the pictures to the right.

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