• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Birds - Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
NPS Photo
 

The turkey vulture is an extremely graceful bird in flight. It seldom needs to flap its long wings once airborne, but soars high overhead looking for carcasses.

The turkey vulture can be seen just about everywhere in the park preying on road kill and other dead animals. The turkey vulture is one of nature’s recycling artists.

These birds have a wing span of over 6 feet. While soaring, they hold their wings in a V-shape and often tip "drunkenly" from side to side, sometimes causing the gray flight feathers to look silvery as they catch the light.

Did You Know?

Sign used at Wind Cave in 1903 when the cave became a national park.

Wind Cave is the first cave in the world to be designated as a national park. That occurred on January 9, 1903.