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Turkey Vulture


This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. 
It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Cathartes aura

History at CuriOdyssey

The turkey vulture had a fractured ulna (bone in the wing). The bone did not heal well enough for her to be released. She was transferred here in 1991 and placed in the raptor aviary.

Our second vulture is an education vulture. He came to us from Lindsay Wildlife Museum in 2001. He was found as a juvenile with bilateral cataracts and was deemed non-releasable.

Birth Date

The birth date is unknown, but estimated around 1990.

Fun Facts about Turkey Vultures

Vultures poop on their legs to kill the bacteria from the carrion they eat.

What do Turkey Vultures Eat?

Carrion from the size of mice and snakes to the size of a horse; they will sometimes take young herons or ibis from their nests or may kill weak or dying animals. At CuriOdyssey, they are served rats, chicks, quail, and rabbit.

How long do turkey vultures live?

In the Wild: Approximately 16 years.
In Captivity: About 30 years.

Where do turkey vultures live?

Turkey Vultures' habitat include open plains, deserts, and forests. They range in Southern Canada south into Central and South America.

Are Turkey Vultures endangered?

No special wildlife conservation status. However, their close relative, the California Condor, is very endangered.



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