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 92 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 2 years ago 36 sec 4.8
Preening. Locality La Palma, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
Eduardo Tejeda Lima 18 February 2013 3 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 8 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 3 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 4 years ago 36 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 228 photos
Locality Ayampe, Manabí Province, Ecuador
Lars Petersson 4 January 2014 1 year ago 4.8
Locality Riohacha, La Guajira Department, Colombia
Horacio Luna 26 February 2016 8 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Everglades National Park, Florida, USA (United States)
Paul Cools 5 February 2009 3 years ago 4.7
standing with a dead fox
Locality Concepción Department, Paraguay (ssp ruficollis)
Jacob Wijpkema 18 October 2009 5 weeks ago 4.5
Flying close to me
Locality Pampa de Achala, Córdoba Province, Argentina
jorgeschlemmer 1 year ago 4.5
Locality Playa Ancón, Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus Province, Cuba
Guy Poisson 22 December 2013 2 years ago 4.5
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