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1 December 2009 Noteworthy Observations of Foraging Turkey Vultures
Steven G. Platt, Thomas R. Rainwater
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We present two noteworthy observations of foraging Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura), including consumption of a marine toad (Bufo marinus) and a live juvenile cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus). To our knowledge, these observations are the first reports of any North American vulture consuming B. marinus or a Turkey Vulture taking live mammalian prey. Our observations highlight the potential for mechanical mowers to provide carrion for Turkey Vultures.

Steven G. Platt and Thomas R. Rainwater "Noteworthy Observations of Foraging Turkey Vultures," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121(4), 839-841, (1 December 2009). https://doi.org/10.1676/08-141.1
Received: 29 October 2008; Accepted: 1 April 2009; Published: 1 December 2009
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