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Meet the Turkey Vulture at Wildwood Zoo

 Turkey Vulture

Our new turkey vulture that joined Wildwood Zoo on June 21, 2014 is from Wildcat Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Delphi, Indiana.  Scout is a young bird that hatched in 2013 and was abandoned by his parents in the nest.  When rehabbers found him he was missing his left eye, and he still had all his downy feathers; which means he did not have any flight feathers yet.

Turkey Vultures are large birds that feed on carrion (the remains of animals that have died).  Vultures have very few feathers on their necks and heads.  While this may appear very strange-looking, this is actually a good thing.  It allows vultures to feed on dead animals without getting any parasites or diseases from the dead animal.  Turkey vultures are also unique in that they have a very good sense of smell.  There are only a couple other birds in North America that are even able to smell at all.

Turkey Vulture Range in North America
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For more information, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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