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HAWKS VS. TURKEY VULTURES/BUZZARDS CONTEND OVER KILL

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Uploaded on Mar 5, 2007

Two red tailed hawks and several turkey vultures/buzzards contend over a kill. The weather had been cold and the ground had been snow covered, so the buzzards were hungry. The buzzards allowed the hawk to eat the kill and did directly contend for it. One buzzard approached the hawk, but when the hawk looked at it, it turned its tail feathers toward the hawk.

In another instance, the hawk advanced toward a buzzard that appeared to be approaching. Later the hawk flew into a tree. Another hawk was also in the tree and flew toward this hawk. The hawk in the tree had been calling all during the encounter, but the camcorder did not pick up the sound.

A close-up view of a red-tailed hawk contending, dining, and flying with turkey vultures can be found at: HAWK BUZZARD STANDOFF-WILD RED-TAILED HAWK CONTENDS FOR PREY at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjUzg0...

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**The red tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, is a large powerful bird. It can weigh around 2-4 lbs. and has almost a six foot wingspan. They have a sharp, strong, powerful beak and curved talons. They tear prey apart with their beaks. The red tails of these hawks showed up several times.

**The turkey vulture, Cathartes aura, is often called the buzzard or turkey buzzard. It is impressively large with a wingspan up to 72 inches and an average weight of over 3 lbs. Its plumage is black to brown and it has a featherless, red or purplish head and neck, with a hooked, ivory-colored beak. It is called the turkey vulture because it resembles a turkey. It is extremely good at soaring, uses thermals, and can soar for hours with little effort.

It has a powerful sense of smell and good eyes. It roosts communally. The female is larger than the male. It is extremely widespread and can be found throughout the Americas. The young are fuzzy and white. It is a scavenger, which feeds on carrion. If not for vultures, the world might have many more carcasses lying around. It seems to be very bright, intelligent, and curious bird. It can soar for hours and do advanced acrobatics.

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