Cathartes aura

Common Names: Turkey vulture, Turkey buzzard, buzzard, John crow, carrion crow
Category: Birds
Sub-category: New World Vultures

The Turkey Vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. It finds its meals using its keen vision and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gases produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals. The body feathers are mostly brownish-black, but the flight feathers on the wings appear to be silvery-gray beneath, contrasting with the darker wing linings. The adult's head is small in proportion to its body and is red in color with few to no feathers. It also has a relatively short, hooked, ivory-colored beak. The irises of the eyes are gray-brown; legs and feet are pink-skinned, although typically stained white.

In Connecticut they are commonly seen soaring high in the air, often near roads looking for roadkill.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.