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Cathartes aura (Turkey Vulture)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), also known in some North American regions as the turkey buzzard (or just buzzard), and in some areas of the Caribbean as the John crow or carrion crow, is a vulture that is the most widespread of the New World vultures. One of three species in the genus Cathartes of the family Cathartidae, the turkey vulture ranges 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.
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Infraspecies

Cathartes aura aura (Western turkey vulture)
Cathartes aura jota
Cathartes aura ruficollis
Cathartes aura septentrionalis (Eastern turkey vulture) (Attributes)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
14
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
41
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 28.7931
EDGE Score: 3.39427

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  4.85 lbs (2.20 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  60 grams
Breeding Habitat [2]  Generalist
Wintering Geography [2]  Widespread
Wintering Habitat [2]  Generalist, Agricultural
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Diet - Scavenger [3]  100 %
Forages - Ground [3]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  11 years
Male Maturity [1]  11 years
Clutch Size [4]  2
Clutches / Year [1]  1
Global Population (2017 est.) [2]  23,000,000
Incubation [1]  39 days
Maximum Longevity [1]  21 years
Wing Span [5]  5.674 feet (1.73 m)

Ecoregions

Protected Areas

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Ecosystems

Important Bird Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Predators

Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle)[6]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[7]

Providers

Shelter 
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)[7]
Quercus phellos (Willow Oak)[7]
Quercus velutina (Black Oak)[7]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Mesostephanus appendiculatoides[9]
Paryphostomum huaccaci <Unverified Name>[9]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map

Distribution

Caribbean; North America; Patfa Valley dry forests; Serra do Cipo National Park; Serra dos Orgaos National Park; Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake;

External References

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
5DETERMINATION OF BODY DENSITY FOR TWELVE BIRD SPECIES, DAVID M. HAMERSHOCK, THOMAS W. SEAMANS, GLEN E. BERNHARDT, WRIGHT LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH (1993)
6Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
7Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
8Sylvilagus palustris, Joseph A. Chapman and Gale R. Willner, Mammalian Species No. 153, pp. 1-3 (1981)
9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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