turkey vulture

noun

Definition of turkey vulture

: an American vulture (Cathartes aura) with a red head and whitish bill

called also turkey buzzard

Examples of turkey vulture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police said there were no obvious signs of injury, but there were signs of animal scavenging, likely in the form of turkey vultures. oregonlive, "Police confirm body found in southern Oregon ravine was that of actor Charles Levin," 13 Nov. 2019 Carey said that during October more sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper’s hawks, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, ospreys, northern harriers, bald eagles, and various species of falcons, such as peregrines, merlins, and kestrels, can be seen migrating. BostonGlobe.com, "“They’re power fliers. They head out over open water and island hop to Nantucket, Long Island, and so on. They’re not intimidated by water like buteos are.”," 10 Oct. 2019 Condors are easy to identify because their wingspan is almost twice as wide as that of a turkey vulture, which also has a bald head and feeds on carrion. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, "Where to see California condors in the wild," 6 Sep. 2019 The interloper is a large turkey vulture, this time unsuccessful. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Devoted parents, they purify the environment: Meet the vultures," 30 Aug. 2019 The turkey vulture hatched in 1974 and was taken by the University of Wisconsin to use for study. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Lord Richard, Walnut Creek’s oldest known turkey vulture, turns 45," 20 June 2019 Lord Richard, one of the oldest known turkey vultures, will celebrate his 45th birthday Sunday with a cake only a vulture could love. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Livermore homeowners are using antlers to control squirrels’ chewing," 28 June 2019 Wochit Kentucky farmers have recently experienced increased problems with black vultures and turkey vultures fearlessly attacking their cows, pecking newborns and laboring mothers to death with their sharp beaks. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "How to tell black vultures and turkey vultures apart," 26 June 2019 To regulate their temperatures, turkey vultures and black vultures urinate down their legs. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Meet the animals that survive extreme desert conditions," 25 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of turkey vulture

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Turkey vulture.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turkey%20buzzard. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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turkey vulture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of turkey vulture

: a large American bird that eats dead animals

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