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IWRC Raptor ID Series
 
Turkey Vulture
 
Black Vulture
 
     
Adults        
 
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
       
  Juveniles        
 
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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