Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center on July 5, 2005.
Turkey Vulture was found in an abandoned animal den and no
parents were seen in the area. When the chick arrived at
Lakeside, its left leg was turned outward at an angle and was
unusable. Lakeside staff placed a special brace on the
vulture's injured leg and the problem was corrected.
Unfortunately, while in the wild, the bird has used its wings to
get from place to place; the weight and stress on the wing bones
resulted in stunted growth. This damage was irreversible,
even with additional calcium and nutritious food. This
Turkey Vulture was born in the spring of 2005 and the skin on
its head will not turn red until late 2006.
Natural history notes.
The Turkey Vulture is a very important scavenger.
These birds are unique because they have an excellent sense
of small which they use to sniff out carrion (dead animals)
Their bald heads are an adaptation for their diet.
Turkey Vultures in the Kansas City area migrate south in
late October and return as early as February.
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