tuvu-blvu comparison
IWRC Raptor ID Series
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
red head
gray very wrinkled
featherless heads

reddish tarsi (lower leg)
gray toes (appear white
from excrement)
uniformly light gray remiges on underside of wings
outer primaries have whitish area on each feather
more visible on lower surface
yellowish white bill
see-through nares


narrow bill
yellowish brown on tip
longer tail that extends well beyond feet in flight
(photo of black vulture
tail needed)
short square black tail
toes extend to tail in flight
grayish head
pinkish around nares
smooth black head
black tip on white bill
see-through nares
blackish bill with black tip
(tip turning yellow as ages)
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