Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
This is the member of the Cathartidae family with the broadest range. It is found from southern Canada to the Magellan Strait. As it cannot consume dead bodies in too advanced a state of decomposition, Nature has provided it with two assets: it is a tireless traveller and it is one of those rare birds which have a sense of smell.
First chick hatched at Le Rocher des Aigles : 2000
CLASS : Aves
ORDER : Cathartiformes
FAMILY : Cathartidae
WINGSPAN : 2 m
WEIGHT : 0,9 à 2 kg
CLUTCH SIZE : 2 eggs
INCUBATION : 38-41 days
LIFE EXPECTANCY : 25 years
DIET : The Turkey Vulture is a carrion eater. It feeds on dead animals and carcasses.
NATURAL HABITAT : open, semi-open and wooded countryside. It can be found in the desert on the Peruvian coast, in savannahs and in rainforests and wooded areas in North America.
RANGE : North, Central and South America.
Conservation status info
LC : Least Concern