Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) - HBW 2, p. 39
French: Urubu à tête rouge
Spanish: Aura Gallipavo
Taxonomy: Vultur aura Linnaeus, 1758, Veracruz, Mexico.
Taxonomic status of all three Cathartes species rather uncertain; some forms currently considered races of present species may yet prove to merit treatment as full species. N populations of nominate race sometimes placed in separate race, meridionalis; those of Falkland Is and W South America sometimes separated off in race falklandicus; however, some variation clinal, and in general subject still poorly known (see page 25). Four subspecies usually recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- aura Linnaeus, 1758 - W North America S to Costa Rica; Greater Antilles.
- septentrionalis Wied, 1839 - E North America.
- ruficollis Spix, 1824 - S Central America (from Costa Rica S) and lowland South America; Trinidad.
- jota (Molina, 1782) - Pacific coast of South America (from Ecuador S), E Andes, Patagonia, Falkland Is.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 91 videos
A close-up of an adult feeding on a dead Upland Goose Locality New Island, Falkland (Malvinas) Islands (ssp jota)
Laurent Demongin 20 November 2007 7 years ago 14 sec 4.9
An adult feeding on a fish carcass then eventually flying away. Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp aura)
Don DesJardin 4 September 2013 1 year ago 36 sec 4.8
Preening. Locality La Palma, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
Eduardo Tejeda Lima 18 February 2013 2 years ago 29 sec 4.6
Two adult birds in a beach, feeding on a carcass Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp aura)
Don DesJardin 31 May 2002 7 years ago 15 sec 4.6
Preening and lost a feather. Locality La Palma, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
Eduardo Tejeda Lima 17 February 2013 2 years ago 23 sec 4.5
A small flock bathing in a lagoon Locality Mouth of Lluta River, Lluta River, Arica, Arica and Parinacota Region, Chile (ssp jota)
Greg Baker 12 November 2011 3 years ago 36 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 204 photos
Locality Ayampe, Manabí Province, Ecuador
Lars Petersson 4 January 2014 20 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Everglades National Park, Florida, USA (United States)
Paul Cools 5 February 2009 2 years ago 4.6
Flying close to me
Locality Pampa de Achala, Córdoba Province, Argentina
jorgeschlemmer 26 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Playa Ancón, Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus Province, Cuba
Guy Poisson 22 December 2013 1 year ago 4.5
Urubu de cabeça vermelha
Locality Peruíbe, São Paulo State, Brazil (ssp ruficollis)
Lindolfo Souto 1 September 2012 2 years ago 4.5
Basking in the early morning sunshine
Locality Guánica Dry Forest Reserve, Guánica, Puerto Rico
Bob Thompson 12 January 2010 5 years ago 4.4
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