Nature Notes

September 15, 2008

Immature Turkey Vulture

Filed under: Birds,Canada — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 12:43 pm
Immature Turkey Vulture

Immature Turkey Vulture

When I first saw this bird, I thought it was a Black Vulture, a rare bird here in southern Ontario but a closer look showed it was a Turkey Vulture, an immature which hadn’t yet developed the color on the head.

An interesting plumage I don’t recall seeing before. Unfortunately it was back lit.

Immature Turkey Vulture
Immature Turkey Vulture

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  1. Interesting plumage indeed, thanks for sharing. Saw on B-Mail.


    Comment by Paul O'Toole — September 15, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

  2. Thanks, Paul, I appreciate the comment.


    Comment by Harold — September 15, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

  3. Interesting indeed,there being albinoism it makes one wonder if there are other forms of rare coloring seldom seen .Usually `off` coloring is rejected although not always as seen in fostering of cowbirds by their hosts.Food for thought?
    Hans van der Zweep

    Comment by Hans van der Zweep — September 15, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

  4. Thanks, Hans:

    Albinism is certainly an interesting subject. I’ve seen a few subjects like that, including a Rufous-collared Sparrow earlier this year. The opposite, dark or melanistic subjects must be interesting to see as well.

    Thanks for commenting, Harold

    Comment by Harold — September 16, 2008 @ 8:31 am

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