Step outside and there's an exhibit trail where you can view birds and animals with permanent injuries that prevent them from being released back into the wild, including hawks, owls, turkey vultures
, red foxes, groundhogs and raccoons.
From huge turkey vultures
to tiny hummingbirds - Cuba is home to the bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world - this is a dazzlingly diverse country.
FACT: Turkey vultures
can sniff out a dead animal from 5 miles away.
(4) The values also differed from the mean isotope ratios reported in Virginia black vultures (Coragyps atratus; 0.8272), Virginia turkey vultures
(Cathartes aura; 0.8268),3 and postrelease California condors (Gymnogyps californianus; 0.8284)(4) all of which were attributed to lead ammunition.
"People think turkey vultures
are dirty, stupid birds, but that's just not the case," she said as Ferdinand pecked at his ankle straps and leash while perched atop Dodge's arm.
(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).
(http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1650/CONDOR-17-48.1) The paper is titled "Feasibility of California Condor recovery in northern California, USA: Contaminants in surrogate Turkey Vultures
and Common Ravens."
Abstract.--Observations were made of foraging lesser yellow-headed vultures (Cathartes burrovianus), turkey vultures
(Cathartes aura), and black vultures (Coragyps atratus) 9-30 May 1983 near Crooked Tree village at Crooked Tree Lagoon (N 17[degrees] 50' 25" W 88[degrees] 31' 25"), 55 km northwest of Belize City, Belize, Central America.
Bohrer, G., and Coauthors, 2012: Estimating updraft velocity components over large spatial scales: Contrasting migration strategies of golden eagles and turkey vultures
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.
Several corpses, which range in age from a 21-week-old foetus to a 102-yearold woman, have a motion-sensing camera to monitor if any animals or birds, mainly black or turkey vultures
, feast on the remains or break any bones.
The third challenge emphasized a local bird representative, the turkey vulture
. A beanbag toss was used to demonstrate the service of "nature's cleaning crew." When turkey vultures
eat carrion, they clean up dead animals and help prevent the spread of disease to other animals and possibly humans.