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Northern Ontario Fauna: Turkey Vulture

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Hidden : 8/5/2013
In Ontario, Canada
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Looking for a camoed vitamin container.


Turkey Vultures are large dark birds with long, broad wings. Bigger than other raptors except eagles and condors, they have long "fingers" at their wingtips and long tails that extend past their toe tips in flight. When soaring, Turkey Vultures hold their wings slightly raised, making a ‘V’ when seen head-on

  • Turkey Vultures appear black from a distance but up close are dark brown with a featherless red head and pale bill. While most of their body and forewing are dark, the undersides of the flight feathers (along the trailing edge and wingtips) are paler, giving a two-toned appearance.
  • Behavior

    Turkey Vultures are majestic but unsteady soarers. Their teetering flight with very few wingbeats is characteristic. Look for them gliding relatively low to the ground, sniffing for carrion, or else riding thermals up to higher vantage points. They may soar in small groups and roost in larger numbers. You may also see them on the ground in small groups, huddled around roadkill or dumpsters.
  • Habitat

    Turkey Vultures are common around open areas such as roadsides, suburbs, farm fields, countryside, and food sources such as landfills, trash heaps, and construction sites. On sunny days, look for them aloft as early as 9 a.m.; in colder weather and at night they roost on poles, towers, dead trees, and fence posts.

Turkey Vultures are not a very common bird in Northen Ontario. We didn't think they lived as far north as here, but we saw one a couple minutes before dropping the cache and 50 or so meters away from GZ. It startled us as it took off from the bushes near the trail we were walking on.

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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