Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
During the warmer months of the year, turkey vultures can often be spotted soaring over the Sonoran Desert. They search for food while soaring on thermals. If conditions are right, they can go for hours without flapping their wings. They locate food using their incredible sense of smell (which is unusual for birds) and by sight. Their featherless heads keep them clean, as they stick their entire head into the body cavities of dead animals to feast.
Length: 26 in. Wingspan: 67 in.