What is the difference between a Black Vulture and a Turkey Vulture?

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What is the difference between a Black Vulture and a Turkey Vulture?

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answered May 19, 2022 by 2021sucked (13,440 points)
The difference between a Black Vulture and a Turkey Vulture is that Turkey Vultures are lanky birds with teetering flight while Black Vultures are compact birds with broad wings, short tails, and powerful wingbeats.

Vultures live for 10 to 30 years depending on the type of vulture.

Black Vultures live on average of 10 years while King Vultures can live as long as 30 years.

Black Vultures and other vultures do fly in groups during the day.

Shorter wings and tail make it appear smaller than Turkey Vulture, but looks are deceptive: body size is about the same, and aggressive Black Vultures often drive Turkey Vultures away from food.

If you have vultures in your tree or trees or around your yard or property then it's very likely you have some dead animals or even a live animal that the vultures want.

Vultures can easily smell dead animals from a mile away and can usually sense that some animal is about to die so they will be ready to eat the dead animal once it dies or as soon as they spot the dead animal.

If turkey vultures are in your yard then either they are after turkeys or chickens you have or the turkey vulture smells or notices a dead animal or dead animals in your yard or nearby.

Yes vultures are good and good for the environment as vultures help clean up dead animals and carcasses that would otherwise be left to rot.

Vultures also play a valuable role in keeping wildlife diseases in check.

Vultures do sometimes nest on the ground although not with a full nest as vultures usually will scrape out a spot in the soil or leaf litter, pull aside obstacles, or arrange scraps of vegetation or rotting wood.

Vultures will also nest in trees, caves etc.

When a vulture visits you it can sometimes mean death in the family and can also mean harmony, cleansing and purity as well.

When a vulture crosses your path, remember to stay adaptable and resourceful, even if the situation appears bleak!

You can overcome it with a little ingenuity.

Vultures do often eat live animals when they are hungry enough although most often vultures will look for and feed on dead animals.

Still some vultures will eat chickens and other live animals that they come across.

Vultures do sometimes come out at night but most often vultures are active during the day and roost at night.

Vultures seen in the evening hours have probably arrived in the area that day and are preparing to roost for the night.

Groups of vultures spiraling upward to gain altitude are called "kettles"

Turkey Buzzards and Vultures are the same thing.

In the United States, when someone refers to a buzzard, it means a turkey vulture, a member of the New World vultures.

Elsewhere in the world, a buzzard is in the same family as Old World vultures – Accipitridae – in the Buteo genus.

In North America, the Buteo genus refers to hawks or buzzard hawks.

The difference between a condor and a vulture is that the condor is a larger type of vulture.

Condors are just a specification of two specific types of New World vultures, the Andean and California condor.

Vultures do poop although vultures don't poop out an anus like humans and dogs do.

In birds its called a cloaca, or vent.

Its not correct to call it a anus or butt, in birds its serves more then one purpose.

During the hot weather, turkey vultures will defecate on their feet to cool them off.

Since a vulture's digestive juices kill bacteria--which is why vultures don't get sick from eating rotten meat--defecating on their legs might even work as an antiseptic wash.

Vultures lay between 1 to 3 eggs at a time.

A female black vulture lays one to three eggs, but two is the average and more common clutch size.

A breeding pair may inspect a nest site for weeks, ensuring it is free from predators and disturbances before the female lays an egg.

Vultures sleep in places such as caves, hollow trees, abandoned buildings, brush piles, thickets, and stumps.

Turkey Vultures do not build nests, but rather lay their eggs in dark recesses in ledges, caves, crevices, and hollow logs, as well as on the ground.

Turkey Vultures also nest in the abandoned stick nests of birds, in mammal burrows, and in abandoned buildings.

Vultures sit on houses as a way to look for dead animals, meats etc that they want to eat.

Usually when a vulture is sitting on a house it means that something dead is nearby or about to die such as an animal.

Some ways to get rid of black vultures are to use loud noises, air horns, motion activated water sprinklers, spraying the black vulture with a garden hose etc.

If you have ever wondered, “why are vultures hanging around my house?” check your surroundings for any dead animal carcasses.

Turkey vultures are carrion eaters.

They look for freshly killed animals–usually, leftovers from another predator–and have a feast.

When you see a black vulture it means a sign of change, omen and even death.

The vulture symbolism is linked to death, rebirth, equalizing, perception, trust, seriousness, resourcefulness, intelligence, cleanliness, and protection.

In western cultures, black is usually associated with death.

But remember, in a spiritual sense, death represents transformation.

It's also believed that black is a color that can absorb negative energies.

Seeing a black vulture means and is a sign of an omen and change.

Black Vultures are pretty rare and are to see as they are also pretty wary and shy birds.

In western cultures, black is usually associated with death.

But remember, in a spiritual sense, death represents transformation.

It's also believed that black is a color that can absorb negative energies.

Seeing a black vulture can therefore be an omen of change.

Vultures can fly and most often vultures when in the air will glide through the air.

Vultures are powerful fliers and soar on thermals (columns of rising air) while they look for food, but they cannot sense when an animal is dying.

Turkey Vultures are majestic but unsteady soarers.

Their teetering flight with very few wingbeats is characteristic.

Look for them gliding relatively low to the ground, sniffing for carrion, or else riding thermals up to higher vantage points.

They may soar in small groups and roost in larger numbers.

Vultures have the ability to smell death and smell things up to a mile away.

Vultures can smell death up to a mile away.

Vultures know when something is dying or when something is dead through smell since vultures can smell death or dead animals from at least a mile away as vultures have a very good sense of smell.

Turkey Vultures use their sense of smell to find carrion.

Other vultures, like the Black Vulture, rely upon their vision to find food, often locating carrion by watching where other vultures go.

The difference between buzzards and vultures is that the majority of vultures are larger than buzzards.

While buzzards have wide and capable wings, and their feet in particular are very different from vulture feet.

Although vultures are also considered buzzards.

A Black Vulture is a Buzzard.

The most widespread vulture in North America, the turkey vulture is locally called “buzzard” in many areas.

A turkey vulture standing on the ground can, at a distance, resemble a wild turkey.

It is unique among our vultures in that it finds carrion by smell as well as by sight.

The sound that a Black Vulture makes is a raspy, drawn-out hissing sound while feeding and fighting, along with grunting noises that can sound like hungry pigs or dogs barking in the distance.

Although Black Vultures and other Vultures are silent most of the time.

Animals that eat a vulture include lions, tigers, bears, any other wild cats snakes and even hawks.

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