Visitor from a field

by Jerry Kyle
(Oglesby, TX)

Turkey or Turkey Vulture?

Turkey or Turkey Vulture?

Can you please help me identify this bird? I believe it to be a turkey vulture because of the lack of hair on its head and the mite bites. Others swear this is a wild turkey hen. I live in Central Texas and we have turkey vultures year round. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

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Jan 26, 2011
by: glenn

Vultures, God`s cleanup crews. Imagine what our roadways would look like without them.

Jan 21, 2011
by: Jerry

Wild turkey

Jan 18, 2011
Turkey Vulture
by: Susan

I believe it is a juvenile turkey vulture. It's body has the dusky feathers edged with brown. He is also called a turkey buzzard.

Because he feeds on carrion that not even a goat grudges it, and it is too lazy and cowardly to pick a quarrel, the vulture has no enemies. Although classed among birds of prey, it does not frighten the smallest chick in the poultry yard, when it flops down beside it.

With beaks and claws capable of gashing painful wounds, it never uses them for defense, but resorts to the disgusting trick of throwing up the contents of its stomach over any creature that comes too near.

In the air, it expresses the very poetry of motion. No other bird is more graceful and buoyant.

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