Turkey Vulture

 

The larger of our two vultures, its naked red head and legs make identification easy. Turkey Vultures are often seen riding on rising columns of warm air called thermals to save energy. These birds fly with wings outstretched in a V pattern, remaining motionless as they ride a thermal. Vultures locate carcasses with their keen sense of smell aided by their great eyesight. Not nest builders, these vultures lay two eggs on the ground or on a stump in palmetto. Turkey vultures usually can be seen roosting together at night.

Latin Name: Cathartes Aura

Habitat:Pine flatwoods, Oak Hammock

Diet: carrion