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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Turkey Vultures on the move

Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Photo from Wikimedia Commons
· The Turkey Vulture is a permanent resident in the southern United States, though northern birds may migrate as far south as South America.

· They are also known as the turkey buzzard (or just buzzard), and in some areas of the Caribbean as the John crow or carrion crow.

· Turkey Vultures don't have a voice-box. They can't sing or call. Their vocalizations are limited to hisses and grunts.

· The Turkey Vulture is one of the few birds able to use its sense of smell to locate food.

· Like other vultures, it plays an important role in the ecosystem by disposing of carrion which would otherwise be a breeding ground for disease.

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  • The Turkey Vulture is one of the few birds able to use its sense of smell to locate food.
  • Turkey Vultures don't have a voicebox. They can't sing or call. Their vocalizations are limited to hisses and grunts.
  • Though they look awkward and ungainly on the ground and must work hard to gain flight, they are graceful and elegant in the air, soaring in beautiful teetering flights across the sky. They rarely need to flap their wings.
  • - See more at: http://peregrinefund.org/explore-raptors-species/Turkey_Vulture#sthash.7Tl1b7F7.dpuf

  • The Turkey Vulture is one of the few birds able to use its sense of smell to locate food.
  • Turkey Vultures don't have a voicebox. They can't sing or call. Their vocalizations are limited to hisses and grunts.
  • Though they look awkward and ungainly on the ground and must work hard to gain flight, they are graceful and elegant in the air, soaring in beautiful teetering flights across the sky. They rarely need to flap their wings.
  • - See more at: http://peregrinefund.org/explore-raptors-species/Turkey_Vulture#sthash.7Tl1b7F7.dpuf