Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura by MotherNature

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Turkey vultures are large birds that feed mainly on carrion. Their sharp eyesight and sense of small lead them to a meal. They rarely flap their wings, but rather float on thermal updrafts as they circle, testing the air for the scent of a meal. We should appreciate them for the work they do as nature’s cleanup crew.

Turkey Vultures are big birds and have the largest range of the New World vultures. Sometimes people call them Turkey Buzzards.

This picture was taken November 30, 2011, in Green Lane, PA.

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