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    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)