Turkey Vulture Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Turkey Vultures are large dark birds with long, broad wings. Bigger than other raptors except eagles and condors, they have long "fingers" at their wingtips and long tails that extend past their toe tips in flight. When soaring, Turkey Vultures hold their wings slightly raised, making a ‘V’ when seen head-on.

    Relative Size

    Smaller than an eagle; larger than a Red-tailed Hawk

    Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 25.2-31.9 in (64-81 cm)
      • Weight: 70.5 oz (2000 g)
      • Wingspan: 66.9-70.1 in (170-178 cm)