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Turkey Vultures

Turkey vultures can often be seen soaring in the skies across Solano County. These birds ride thermals in the air to glide in circles searching for food. 

Role in the Ecosystem

Turkey vultures are scavengers, eating carrion, or dead carcasses of other animals. They use their keen sense of smell to find their food. This is an important role in the ecosystem, removing dead animals that may otherwise spread disease. 

turkey vulture eating carrion


Turkey Vultures in Solano County and some southern United States are year-round residents. Birds in the northeast migrate short distances southward. Some western birds migrate much farther, with large numbers (more than a million) migrating into Central America.

turkey vulture range map

turkey vulture soaring

turkey vulture standing