Okay, so they’re not the prettiest birds on the planet, but they actually do a lot of good work! You can find them from Canada all the way down through South America.
Their diet consists almost exclusively on carrion (dead animals). They use their keen eye and great sense of smell to find the food. Flying low, they can detect the gasses produced by the process of decay in the dead animals. This is why they are so good to have around, I mean really, who wants to look at road kill. These birds will find it and clean it all up in no time!
They live in a variety of habitats such as, pastures, deserts, subtropical forests and shrub lands. You will usually see them flying high overhead with their wings in a slight V formation.
Because their bald red head resembled that of a male wild turkey they were given the name Turkey Vulture.