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Cathartes aura

Additional details on Food and Feeding:

Canada: Demonstrating the catholic appetite of Turkey Vultures for virtually any sort of carrion, Campbell et al. (2005) provided an exhaustive list of food items recorded in British Columbia, including invertebrates (sea cucumbers, marine worms, sea stars, sea urchins, octopus), fishes (several salmon spp., dogfish), toads, reptiles (garter snakes, rattlesnakes), birds (mostly waterbirds and domestic fowl), and mammals (wild and domestic species, ranging in size from voles to black bears).

United States: Cringan (2007) reported an instance of three Turkey Vultures attempting to capture fish and other small aquatic prey from the water in an inrrigation ditch.

Mexico: Two were seen feeding on an iguana on the coastal plain (Lowery and Dalquest 1951). Individuals routinely found bait placed in mammal traps placed beneath logs, or in hollows at the base of trees, where the baits were completely invisible from the air above (Lowery and Dalquest 1951).

Guyana: Solitary individuals were often found in burned-over cane or grass fields, feeding on snakes, rats, and any other small animals killed by the fire (Young 1929).

Brazil: Feeds on small dead animals (toads, snakes, rats), patrols roads in search of animals hit by vehicles, and also feeds on feces and fruits, incluiding those of the macaúba (Acrocomia sclerocarpa) and dendê (Elaeis guineensis, introduced from Africa).

Argentina: At Reserva El Bagual, Formosa Province, it feeds principally on medium-sized mammals, including armadillos, crab-eating foxes, coatis, crab-eating raccoons, nutrias, and tayras, and on large birds, including storks, turtles and snakes (Di Giacomo 2005).

Falkland Islands: Particularly common at sea lion colonies and the ranching style of sheep-farming in the Falklands has probably helped this species increase (Woods and Woods 2006). Historically, it was blamed on the Falklands for killing sheep, especially at lambing time, and for the habit of eating the eyes and tongues of fallen sheep (Brooks 1917). Woods (1988) felt that it only attacks very weak animals.

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