Turkey Vulture

As consumers of carrion, how do Turkey Vultures avoid infection and disease?

03-28-13_b_kettle_turkey_vultures

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.

09-25-15_b_turkey_vulture
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.