Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center’s resident Turkey Vulture arrived from a rehab facility near Nashville, Tennessee, in November 2007. She was unable to fly because of an old fracture in her left wing which was re-broken and pinned, but did not heal straight enough to enable her to fly.

Fun Facts:

  • Her age is unknown
  • Life span of a Turkey Vulture is up to 20 years in the wild and 24 years in captivity.
  • Turkey Vultures use their sense of smell to locate carrion. Their olfactory system is larger than is usual in birds, and allows them to detect carrion below a forest canopy.

What to look for:

  • She lives in the Wildlife Wanderland with our Black Vulture.
  • She is the less dominant of the two, but definitely holds her own.
  • She can pick her nose with her talon! If you used your keen sense of smell to find food and had a blocked nose, you’d want to get it clean, too!

Download more interesting information about Turkey Vultures

Animal Diversity: Turkey Vulture
Cornell Lab of Ornithology