Turkey vultures are often seen along the side of the road picking at animals that have been killed by vehicles. These large birds are scavengers, which means that they prefer to eat carrion, the meat of dead animals. Turkey vultures can detect dead animals by smell but will also watch the behavior of other scavengers to locate food. They spend a lot of their time flying through the air in search of food and can travel as far as 200 miles in a day.
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Turkey Vultures in the National Parks