Turkey Vulture

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.

Turkey Vultures spotted on Glencoe Swale were in flight. This bird was photoed at another location in Oregon.


Groups are called a “cast”, “committee”, “meal”, “vortex”, or a “wake” of vultures.