• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Cathartidae
  • Genus: Cathartes
  • Species: Cathartes aura
  • Fly together as a groups called “Kettles” in a circling motion that mimics the stirring of a kettle
  • Turkey vulture chicks are altricial.  Adults care for them for 70 to 80 days by regurgitating well-digested food several times daily and providing some protection. Both adults care for the young. If adults are threatened when nesting, they might flee, regurgitate on the intruder, or play dead
  • Turkey vultures occupy a diverse range of habitats. They are found in forested as well as open environments. Turkey vultures can be found anywhere they can effectively find a carrion (dead animals) food supply. They are easily habituated to humans and human development
  • Turkey vultures range as far north as the southern border of Canada and as far south as Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Over the past few decades, they have been expanding their geographic range northward. They are migratory birds and fly south to warmer weather during the winter months