turkey vulture

noun

Definition of turkey vulture 

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

called also turkey buzzard

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Unlike turkey vultures, which eat carrion and do not attack live animals, black vultures target both living and dead animals. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 While turkey vultures are common in Indiana, black vultures are a relatively new and deadly arrival. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 Watch for such flying spectacles as butterflies, hummingbirds and turkey vultures. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 14 things to do in Pinal County," 18 Feb. 2015 His past study of turkey vultures in Land Park helped explain why hundreds of these huge birds tended to congregate in one location (much to some residents’ chagrin). Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Picky songbirds demand native oaks," 19 Jan. 2018 In the future, Graves hopes to look even deeper into the turkey vulture’s sense of smell. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "Turkey Vultures Have a Keen Sense of Smell and Now We Know Why," 21 Dec. 2017 An estimated 18 million turkey vultures roam the globe, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "Turkey Vultures Have a Keen Sense of Smell and Now We Know Why," 21 Dec. 2017 Above the media, black turkey vultures circled, which struck me as somewhat redundant. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Anyone Who Says They Know What Will Happen Tuesday Is Lying," 11 Dec. 2017 Roadkill on our highways has created what amounts to a massive network of turkey vulture smorgasbords, crisscrossing the nation. Sam Evans-brown, Slate Magazine, "The Vultures Will Inherit the Earth," 26 Oct. 2017

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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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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