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 Hence a group of black vultures often will drive off a turkey vulture from a carcass. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, 22 Sep. 2020 And there isn't much defense against black vultures and turkey vultures, both of which are federally protected and cannot be killed without a permit. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 25 June 2019 How to tell the difference between a black vulture and a turkey vulture. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 26 June 2019 Red-winged blackbirds arrived several weeks ago, as did significant numbers of turkey vultures. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2020 When a sheriff’s deputy appeared — spotting the unusual caravan where normally there would only be deer, turkey vultures and packs of wild hogs — authorities say the teens floored it. Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2019 Other birds of prey, such as turkey vultures and bald eagles, also join the migration. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2019 When a sheriff's deputy appeared - spotting the unusual caravan where normally there would only be deer, turkey vultures and packs of wild hogs - authorities say the teens floored it. Maria Sacchetti, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Nov. 2019 Police said there were no obvious signs of injury, but there were signs of animal scavenging, likely in the form of turkey vultures. oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of turkey vulture

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Turkey vulture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turkey%20vulture. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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