OTHER NAME: Buzzard; Turkey Buzzard
STATUS IN OKLAHOMA:|
Seen commonly in wooded areas throughout state; population densities low but birds very conspicuous. Uncommon to common summer resident, winters regularly in southeastern region and adjacent counties; locally and irregularly northward; rare winter visitant elsewhere March (February 19) - October (winter).
"Oklahoma Bird Life" by: Frederick M. & A. Marguerite Baumgartner
The Turkey Vulture has a wing span of 6 feet and is 27 inches in length. It has a brownish black body, its featherless head is black in immature birds and red in adults. The wings are held in a V while soaring, unlike eagles which hold their wings straight out.
The Turkey Vulture is found in open country and roosts in large groups in secluded woods.
The Turkey Vulture feeds on carrion which they find by vision or possibly smell. They are usually seen feeding in groups on large items, but will eat almost anything.
The Turkey Vulture usually nests on the ground under cover, and sometimes in caves. They lay two eggs.
Considered common in its range, it has no special conservation status.