The Turkey Vulture is a medium sized American Vulture. The Turkey Vulture is 26-32 inches long and has a wingspan of 6-7 feet. Adult plumage is a mixture of brown and grey. The head is bare of feathers and red. The feet and legs are pink. Immatures appear similar to the adults, but have black heads and lighter colored legs and feet.
Eggs are laid on the ground and covered, or in a cave, hollow or ledge. The eggs are white blotched brown and incubated by both parents for 38-41 days. Nestlings are fed regurgitated food, as well as carrion and sometimes a live animal. In 8-10 weeks the young will fly.
The Turkey Vulture soars over all of Mexico and Central America and most of the United States. They are seen less frequently in the northeastern United States and around the Great Lakes. In Canada they are only seen near the border. They will survey any type of terrain.
The main meal of this Vulture is carrion, although it may eat a live animal. Carrion is found by its telescopic sight or perhaps by smell. Turkey Vultures are often found grouped around large carcasses.
These necessary birds are despised often; despite their unclean habits, they are a necessary although often overlooked part of nature.