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Turkey Vulture  - Cathartes aura

Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura

A large bird, common around Montreal, and a scavenger feeding almost exclusively on carrion. Viewed against the sky, the bird appears black but in fact the bird is dark-brown and the bottom of the wings are light brown.

Common Names

How to Identify

If you are able to have a good look at the color and shape of its head, easy to identify. On distance, dark almost black, flying in circles, groups with others of the same species.

Where & When to Spot

This species stays in the Montreal area only in summer and can be seen flying looking for cadavers over any park.

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Park Mont-Royal - July 14, 2019

NIKON D500; 300.0 mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/2000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 220;
khm-20190714-1946-1563119185

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

bromont - July 23, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 280;
khm-20170723-1709-1500815385