turkey vulture


Definition of turkey vulture

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

called also turkey buzzard

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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 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

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of turkey vulture

: a large American bird that eats dead animals

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