Turkey Vultures at the Zoo
Emises – She was hit by a car back in 2011 and her injuries required a wing amputation leaving her flightless. She couldn’t be released back into the wild. She currently lives in a mixed-species exhibit with crows and a yellow-bellied Marmot.
A long-winged, dark-feathered, high-soaring bird of North America. Unlike most birds who are thought to have a poor sense of smell, the Turkey Vulture can locate carrion by odor.
What do they eat?
Mainly Carrion – dead animals; decaying vegetables, live insects, and even fish in dried-up ponds.
How long do they live?
15-20 years in the wild.
How many can be born at a time?
Normally 2 eggs are laid, but it can vary.
Where are they found?
Quite widespread across the U.S. Southern flocks will remain present year-round; however, Northern flocks will migrate long distances – even reaching S. America.
- One of their main defense mechanisms is to regurgitate/vomit when threatened; the smell is quite pungent and unpleasant to be around.
- Their role within the environment is to clean up dead animals – and they do a phenomenal job.