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Turkey vulture

The most widespread vulture in the western hemisphere

The turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), is a bird found throughout most of the Americas. It is also known as the turkey buzzard (or just buzzard), and in some areas of the Caribbean as John crow or carrion crow.

Turkey vulture
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Cathartes aura
(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Turkey vulture distribution

It is one of three species in the genus Cathartes, ranging from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It lives in open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts.