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Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

(Cathartes aura)

Description

(wingspan: 63’’-71’’) Turkey Vultures have a bald head with red skin and white beak. The rest of their body is covered in iridescent black feathers. The juveniles have the same plumage as the adults but their head is black as is the beak.

Diet

These birds are scavengers which means they only eat carrion.

 

Migration

Turkey Vultures can be found in Colorado in the spring and summer but migrate south in the winter and fall.

Breeding

Turkey Vultures don’t build nests, but will lay their eggs on the ground in a protected area. The females will lay one to three eggs per brood and the young will fledge in about eleven weeks.

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