The Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura, also known in some North American regions as theTurkey Buzzard is a bird found throughout most of the Americas.
One of three species in the genus Cathartes, in the family Cathartidae, it is the most widespread of the New World vultures,ranging from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts.
With a wingspan of 173–183 cm (68–72 in) and an average weight of 1.4 kg (3.1 lb),The Turkey Vulture is a large bird. It has dark brown to black plumage; a featherless, purplish-red head and neck; and a short, hooked, ivory-colored beak.