Turkey vulture, Cathartes aura
FTLComm - Archerwill - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

With a six foot wing span this carrion feeder is only slightly smaller than a bald eagle primarily lives in South western United States. It is also native to southern Saskatchewan where it is often seen gliding on dihedral wings in the summer skies south and west of Swift Current. It is common enough in Saskatchewan that most people have seen one thinking it is just a big old hawk.

It is interesting that both male


and females look the same but young birds will have blackish heads rather than the red featherless head seen on this mature animal.

They are not given to voice but will hiss or give a low grunt if cornered. If you see one on the ground it will be feeding on carrion or as in this case perched atop a dead tree.

Thanks to Darlene Shire for getting us these pictures.

Timothy W. Shire

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