Turkey Vulture: Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 7 Turkey Vulture Length 30 inches The Turkey Vulture, otherwise called Turkey Buzzard, is a familiar bird to most people in the United States who spend much time in the open. The grace and beauty of its flight do much to redeem its unpleasant feeding habits which are, nevertheless, highly useful. In some places, particularly in the South, it has been regarded as an entirely beneficial scavenger; again, in other parts of the country, it has been condemned as a carrier of diseases affecting live stock on the farms. The rapidity with which these Vultures gather from far and near about the carcass of a dead animal has given rise to much speculation as to which sense, sight or smell, contributes most to the success with which the birds find their food. The Turkey Vulture usually nests on the ground, in hollow trees, logs or stumps, although occasionally in the dense thickets, or in cavities in limestone formation, as in Florida. The eggs are a dull white with chocolate spots and blotches. Classification: Order Raptores. Family Cathartida. Scientific name: Cathartes aura. Range: Western Hemisphere from southern Canada, southward; northward to southern New York in the Atlantic States. No. 7 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audobon Societies. 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set in a box, $1.00 post paid

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