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turkey vulture

n.
A widespread vulture (Cathartes aura) found throughout the Americas, having dark plumage and a bare red head and neck similar to that of the turkey. Also called turkey buzzard.

tur′key vul`ture


n.
a blackish brown New World vulture, Cathartes aura, with a bare, wrinkled red head and neck. Also called tur′key buz`zard.
[1815–25, Amer.]
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Noun1.turkey vulture - a New World vulture that is common in South America and Central America and the southern United Statesturkey vulture - a New World vulture that is common in South America and Central America and the southern United States
cathartid, New World vulture - large birds of prey superficially similar to Old World vultures
Cathartes, genus Cathartes - type genus of the Cathartidae: turkey vultures
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Turkey vultures (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."
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Bohrer, G., and Coauthors, 2012: Estimating updraft velocity components over large spatial scales: Contrasting migration strategies of golden eagles and turkey vultures. Ecol.
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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.