Length: 25 - 32"
In the Northeast, the Turkey Vulture is found in deciduous and mixed forests, as well as rocky mountainous areas. This raptor prefers habitat adjacent to open country such as farmlands.
The Turkey Vulture feeds predominately on the carrion of both small and large mammals, but also eats the carrion of some birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. It very rarely kills prey itself. This bird also will eat small amounts of vegetable matter.
Additional photos and information
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this bird. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)
Photo of Turkey Vulture in flight
From Mike Danzenbaker's Bird Photography
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range Maps from Cornell
Turkey Vulture breeding range and year-round range
Includes separate map of sightings.
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS