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 The scavengers, for example, the turkey vultures or the coyotes that use roadkill as this resource, essentially. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2024 The 2017 eclipse also inspired two animal behaviorists to study its impact on turkey vultures at the Joseph A. Sgaggero Memorial Park in Dover Plains, New York, on Aug. 21, 2017, as documented in a March 2018 article in The Kingbird, a quarterly journal devoted to New York State ornithology. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 25 Mar. 2024 Within a day, turkey vultures had found 23 of them. Jack Gedney, The Mercury News, 11 Mar. 2024 At a quick glance from a distance this large bird could have been a turkey vulture or dark morph hawk perched in a tree next to my route. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 The sub-permits cover black vultures, not turkey vultures, which are also common in Alabama and are distinguishable by their red heads. Mike Cason | McAson@al.com, al, 1 July 2023 Females are typically slightly larger than male turkey vultures, but coloration is the same in adult birds. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023 While the turkey vulture tends to forage alone, other vultures will gather to feed on a large animal carcass. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023 To explore problem-solving in turkey vultures, researchers applied the classic string-pulling test. Natalie Angier, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of turkey vulture was in 1823

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“Turkey vulture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turkey%20vulture. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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turkey vulture

: an American vulture with a red head and whitish bill

called also turkey buzzard

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