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Sonoran Desert Birds



Turkey vulture - (Cathartes aura)

 Turkey vulture

 Turkey vulture

 Turkey vulture

 Turkey vulture

Size: 26 inches
Overall Color: dark brown
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: carrion
Nest: scrape on ground
Field Identification: naked red head, finds food by smell while soaring, trailing half of wing silvery, white undertail
Season: spring-summer

Turkey vulture
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Cathartidae (new world vultures)
Genus: Cathartes
species: aura

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