Range. - America, from New Jersey on the Atlantic coast, Manitoba and British Columbia, south to southern South

Creamy white

Creamy white.

325 Turkey Vulture Cathartes Aura Septentrionalis 597

324 - 325

America, wintering in the southern half of the United States.

The plumage of this small Buzzard (length 30 inches) is blackish brown, the naked head being red. It is very common in the southern and central portions of its range, where it frequents the streets and door yards picking up any refuse that is edible. It is a very graceful bird while on the wing, and can readily be identified when at a distance from the fact that, when in flight, the tips of the wings curve upward. The two eggs which constitute a set are laid upon the ground between large rocks, in hollow stumps, under logs, or between the branching trunks of large trees, generally in large woods. They frequently nest in communities and again, only a single pair may be found in the woods. Its nesting season ranges from March until June in the different localities. The eggs are creamy or bluish white, spotted and blotched with shades of brown, and with fainter markings of lavender. Size 2.70 x 1.85.

NEST AND EGGS OF TURKEY VULTURE

NEST AND EGGS OF TURKEY VULTURE.

N. W. Swayne.