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Not quite birds of a feather, black and turkey vultures still flock together

Turkey vultures and black vultures are not quite birds of a feather, but they still flock together.

Both are scavengers, of course.

Mature turkey vultures have naked red heads, though juveniles have black heads. The rest of their plumage is a brownish-blackish color, with a touch of gray under their wings. They're considered nature's cleanup crew.

Black vultures, by contrast, have gray heads and mostly black plumage. They were once very uncommon in Connecticut but in recent years their numbers have been growing. Having a poor sense of smell, they often follow turkey vultures to carcasses.


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