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(15) For example, evaluation of lead in black vultures and turkey vultures in Virginia found that all birds had evidence of chronic lead exposure, and lead isotope ratios overlapped with those of ammunition, leaded gasoline, coal emissions, and zinc smelting.
Eventually, Dodge revealed that Ferdinand is a turkey vulture, and described the bird's scavenging skills.
Turkey vultures (Figure 2) were recorded unambiguously feeding on the bones in one location multiple times, as were American crow (Figure 3) and downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) (Figure 4).
However, the statistically significant difference in bill width indicates that the gape of the lesser yellow-headed vulture is larger than that of the turkey vulture. Being lowest in the vulture dominance hierarchy, but arriving first at carcasses, this increased gape in the lesser yellow-headed vulture would allow the species to consume more food per unit of time than the turkey vulture.
This study demonstrates that rehabilitated buteos and, with less support, Turkey Vultures, will perch in a captive setting on the supplemental perch we tested, suggesting that it may be possible to divert perching from the energized zone of a pole in the wild.
At the other extreme, my unpublished species with the greatest yearly variability near Charleston was the Turkey Vulture, an early, short-distance migrant: 21 - 3/01 - 2.82 - 44.
Delving deeply into the details of birds ranging from the Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus), the Red-Eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus), and the Mourning Dove (Zenaida macoura), to the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), and forty-five others, Fifty Common Birds Of The Upper Midwest provides readers with a remarkable coverage of the birds routinely observed in the multistate area.
Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) and black vulture (Coragyps atratus) populations have increased at annual rates of 3.4% and 2.3%, respectively, in eastern North America, 1966-2000 (Sauer and others 2001).
Chapters cover characteristics of raptors; a field guide to common raptors like the turkey vulture, osprey, and barn owl; how to observe raptors; raptor life, including mating, nesting, feeding, and defense; owls; raptor aid and rehab; and "cool raptor projects to make and do," such as dissecting an owl pellet and making a nesting box.
A turkey vulture eyes him from its perch atop a barn.
A stray turkey vulture was found earlier this month in the garden of a car parts maker in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, and is being taken care of at the Fuji Safari Park in the city, according to park officials.
By day they search for carrion over enormous areas, and are often guided by the movements of other smaller carrion-eating birds, such as the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), or by those of birds of prey, such as the crested caracara (Polyborus plancus).