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Turkey Vulture

73125 views Earl Hartlen September 14, 2022 Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada Date shot: September 13, 2022

With a wingspan of 160 – 183 cm (63 – 72 inches) and weight around 0.8 – 2.3 kg (1.8 – 5.1 lb.), Turkey Vultures are great scavengers willing to keep the place clean of even road kill. Did you know turkey vultures are the only scavenger birds that can't kill their prey? Not the most attractive bird with its ugly face, bald red head and dark feathers, the Turkey Vulture was given its common name due to its resemblance to the Wild Turkey. It's head is bald so that bits of carrion (dead meat) do not adhere to the skin as they would to feathers. A close inspection of their feet reminds one of a chicken instead of a hawk or an eagle. Their feet are useless for ripping into prey, but the vultures have powerful beaks that can tear through even the toughest cow hide. They feed by thrusting their heads into the body cavities of rotting animals. They have an extraordinary sense of smell and have been known to smell carrion kilometres away, which is very unique in the bird world.

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