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#1 ogurvits

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:43 AM

I tagged these two guys as black vultures first, but I am thinking that the pattern on the head does not extend down to mid-neck as it does on my other black vulture pictures. Could these be juvenile turkey vultures?

 

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#2 Peeplvr

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:45 AM

You got them right, look at those short tails.



#3 birder123456

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:45 AM

Look like Black Vultures to me. 



#4 Ambird

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:46 AM

Definitely Black Vultures. Also notice the gray primary showing on one of the wings.


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#5 BarnSwallow

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:48 AM

Agree with blacks. Turkey vultures would be in adult plumage this time of year.



#6 birder123456

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:51 AM

I've never noticed a juvenile vulture plumage... It must not be significantly different (past fledgling).



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:54 AM

It isn't, really, but juvie turkey vultures have black heads.



#8 Peeplvr

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 01:10 AM

Isn't the bill tip pale on adult Black Vulture too? Another way to tell the ages?






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