Turkey Vulture

A large bird, common around Montreal, and a scavenger feeding almost exclusively on carrion. Viewed against the sky, the bird appears black but in fact the bird is dark-brown and the bottom of the wings are light brown.

How to Identify?

If you are able to have a good look at the color and shape of its head, easy to identify. On distance, dark almost black, flying in circles, groups with others of the same species.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & When to Spot?

This species stays in the Montreal area only in summer and can be seen flying looking for cadavers over any park.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

Truthahngeier [de]
Turkey Vulture [en]
Urubú de cabeza roja [es]
Urubu à tête rouge [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Cathartes aura


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