General Description: Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) are large soaring birds with wing spans to about 6 feet. Adult Turkey Vultures are black overall except for the red naked head and the white feet. In flight, the trailing edge of the underwing is white (in California Condors, the leading edge is white). Juvenile vultures have a dark head and mottled wing linings. In flight, Turkey Vultures hold their wings with the tips slightly up (forming a V-shaped dihedral), which aids in stability at low flight speeds. They also typically fly with the "elbows" (actually the wrist) held somewhat forward.
Taxonomy: Accipitriformes, Cathartidae.
Favored Habitat: Open skies, cliffs, and places to find lots of dead cows.
Taxonomy: Accipitriformes, Cathartidae (vultures)