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Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura

One of three species in the genus Cathartes, in the family Cathartidae, it is the most widespread of the New World vultures,[2] ranging from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts.[1] With a wingspan of 173183 cm (6872 in) and an average weight of 1.4 kg (3.1 lb),[3] the Turkey Vulture is a large bird. It has dark brown to black plumage; a featherless, purplish-red head and neck; and a short, hooked, ivory-colored beak.

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