As consumers of carrion, how do Turkey Vultures avoid infection and disease?
The vulture’s naked head is an adaption to reduce the risk of feather fouling from carsasses. Turkey Vultures also have very sophisticated immune systems. This allows them to feast on dead animals without contracting botulism, anthrax, cholera, or salmonella.
Groups are called a “cast”, “committee”, “meal”, “vortex”, or a “wake” of vultures.