Thursday, August 11, 2011

Turkey Vulture

Birds are generally regarded as having a poor sense of smell.  This is not true of the turkey vulture, however, which has a keen ability to smell carrion carried on the wind.  In this photo, you can actually see through the bird's nostrils.  Both the turkey and black vultures (in fact, all vultures) have no feathers on their head.  This allows them to feed deep inside carrion without getting feathers fowled.

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