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.

Music: Rise of the Titans by Butterfly Tea http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/fr/

 
     

 

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