Vultures, sometimes mistakenly called "buzzards", feed primarily on carrion. They will also eat garbage and decaying vegetation. Turkey Vultures do occasionally prey on birds and small animals.|
They have no feathers on their heads. Adult Turkey Vultures' red heads resemble turkey wattles, hence the name. Unlike most birds, they have a keen sense of smell which they use to locate food.
Vultures roost and nest communally. They don't build nests but lay their eggs in a sheltered location, often in a dense thicket or hollow stump.
There is currently a research project tracking the movement of tagged vultures.
|name||area||season||diet/native food plants|
|Turkey Vulture||NCS||SpSuFW-B||carrion*, young birds, small mammals|
Sp=spring Su=summer F=fall W=winter
B=breeds in Florida during season(s) underlined M=Migrant