Turkey Vulture

(Cathartes aura)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least concern

Turkey Vulture

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

None

Occurrence

Uncommon to common

Habitat

Flies over open country, shorelines, roads; rarely forests.

Size

26 to 32


Identification

 

 
Voice

Silent

 
Similar
Species

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) has a gray head and silvery tips on its wings. It is a rare visitor to Minnesota.


Food

Carion

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

 


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Taxonomy

Order:

Falconiformes (diurnal birds of prey)

 

Family:

Cathartidae (New World vultures and condors)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Turkey vultures soaring on the winds above the Cannon River Wilderness Area near Faribault, MN.

 
     
     

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CMNH Wildlife Specialist Michelle Leighty shares some fun facts about the humble turkey vulture.

 
     
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QUEST visits the Lindsay Wildlife Museum and talks to an expert about Turkey Vultures.

 
     
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Residents are sick of their new neighbors, hundreds of black turkey vultures who have invaded their neighborhood.

 
     
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On today's CapeCast: We salute the "Bird of Death," the turkey vulture and find out what they're up to on Cape Cod.

 
     
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The Turkey Vulture's head, like its namesake, is bald and red.

25 to 32 inches long, with a wingspan around 6 feet.

Healthy adult Turkey Vultures weigh approximately 6 pounds.

Vultures are large, carrion-eating birds. For years, it was believed that all vultures were raptors, members of the order Falconiformes. In 1994, however, it was discovered that the vultures inhabiting the American continents share a common ancestor with storks and ibises. Now, American vultures, or New World vultures, are recognized as Ciconiiformes, in the family Cathartidae.

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Afton State Park

Banning State Park

Blue Mounds State Park

Boot Lake Scientific and Natural Area

Camden State Park

Cannon River Turtle Preserve SNA

Cannon River Wilderness Area

Carver Park Reserve

Chamberlain Woods SNA

Chimney Rock SNA

Chippewa Prairie

Compass Prairie SNA

Des Moines River SNA

Falls Creek SNA

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Fort Ridgely State Park

Frontenac State Park

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Great River Bluffs State Park

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Hastings Sand Coulee SNA

Helen Allison Savanna SNA

Iron Horse Prairie SNA

John A. Latsch State Park

Kasota Prairie SNA

Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA
Kellogg-Weaver Unit

King's and Queen's Bluff SNA

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

 

Maplewood State Park

Mary Schmidt Crawford Woods SNA

Minneopa State Park

Minnesota Valley NWR
Rapids Lake Unit
Wilkie Unit

Morton Outcrops SNA

Mound Prairie SNA

Mound Spring Prairie SNA

North Fork Zumbro Woods SNA

Ordway Prairie

Oronoco Prairie SNA

Pembina Trail Preserve SNA
Crookston Prairie Unit

Pin Oak Prairie SNA

Pine Bend Bluffs SNA

Regal Meadow

River Terrace Prairie SNA

St. Croix Savanna SNA

Sakatah Lake State Park

Savage Fen SNA

Seminary Fen SNA

Seven Sisters Prairie

Sibley State Park

Spring Lake Park Reserve

Townsend Woods SNA

Twin Lakes SNA

Two Rivers Aspen Prairie Parkland SNA

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Vermillion Highlands

Wahpeton Prairie WMA

Whitewater State Park

William O’Brien State Park

Zumbro Falls Woods SNA


 

 

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