Hawk or vulture?
Posted March 20 2007 - 06:58 PM
On another board there is a discussion going on about a bird
someone saw circling their yard. This person seems to think that
the bird is a type of hawk. I maintain that it is a vulture or buzzard.
What is you opinion?
Posted March 20 2007 - 07:00 PM
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Posted March 21 2007 - 04:26 AM
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Posted March 21 2007 - 08:10 AM
Not even close to a red-tail or other true buteo.
Easiest way to tell a vulture and a hawk apart is the wing angle (dihedral). Soaring turkey vultures bring their wings back into a "V" ("V" for "vulture), while hawks soar with almost a flat wingspan. Another way to tell is the wings themselves. Turkey vultures' primary wing feathers are transparent white when viewed from beneath, while the "arms" are dark black (dunkerofbunker's pic clearly shows that). Hawks are all opaque, either white or brown typically.
As far as flying in groups, yes hawks will do that at times, especially on migrations or in breeding rituals, but vultures are much more likely to do that all the time.
Posted March 21 2007 - 08:25 AM
Posted March 21 2007 - 08:32 AM
i finally will be able to tell the difference between the turkey buzzards and the ospreys that are all over my area...
it merely says something about our own need to be critical.