Turkey Vultures appear black from a distance but up close are dark brown with a featherless red head and pale bill.
Red-shouldered hawks have rusty, copper-colored heads and a distinctive white crescent on the tip of each wing. Cooper’s hawks are more difficult to spot because of their stealthy behavior.
Pileated Woodpeckers are mostly black with white stripes on the face and neck and a flaming-red crest. Males have a red stripe on the cheek. In flight, the bird reveals extensive white underwings and small white crescents on the upper side, at the bases of the primaries.
If you are looking at a perched adult, it is easy. The Turkey Vulture has a red head, while the Black Vulture has a black or dark gray head. Black Vultures have black or gray heads. The bill of an adult Turkey Vulture will be white, while the Black Vulture has a dark bill with bone colored tips.
This Alaskan specialty nests on islands in cold seas, associating with a wide variety of other seabirds. The bright red bare skin of its face becomes duller in winter.
The buzzard is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow ‘V’ and the tail is fanned. Buzzards are variable in colour from all dark brown to much paler variations, all have dark wingtips and a finely barred tail.
Vultures are large, bald birds that sniff out carrion (decaying flesh of dead animals) and then feast on the carcasses. Buzzards are smaller than vultures and they prefer to hunt, attack, and eat their prey while the creatures are somewhat alive, though they will also eat dead animals.
From a distance a soaring Turkey Vulture might look like a Red-tailed Hawk, but Turkey Vultures have longer, more rectangular wings, which the birds hold above horizontal, forming an easily visible V. Turkey Vultures are also much less steady when they soar.
Red-tailed hawk look-alike birds are bald eagles, golden eagles, prairie falcons, black kites, western ospreys, northern harriers, griffon vultures, Andean condors, and some hawk species, including red-shouldered hawks and sharp-shinned hawks.
Adults are steely blue-gray above with warm reddish bars on the underparts and thick dark bands on the tail. Juveniles are brown above and crisply streaked with brown on the upper breast, giving them a somewhat hooded look compared with young Sharp-shinned Hawks’ more diffuse streaking.
What does it mean when a hawk comes to you? It means you are getting an important message from the Divine! Hawks encourage people for being observant, clear-sightedness, guardship, and our far memory.
The red-headed woodpecker can be found open woodlands and forest edges and clearings, river bottoms, orchards, parks, open woods and wooded swamps and grasslands with trees. It especially likes areas with dead or dying trees.
The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest.
It is said that it can be a powerful sign of rebirth as well. You might see vultures on the roof and ask yourself, “why are vultures hanging around my house”? The vultures on the roof of the house meaning is of death coming into your household. But don’t get scared right away, for it might also be a symbol of healing.
#Differences. In terms of appearance, turkey vultures have red heads and white beaks, while bald eagles have white heads and yellow beaks.
Vultures are harmless, despite the chilling role they play in stories and myths. They dine mostly on dead animals and have no incentive to attack humans. In fact, vultures are beneficial for people because they are extremely efficient at removing human and animal waste from our towns, villages and roads.
Acorn Woodpecker – Melanerpes formicivorus
Facially, this bird has a large, black mask which goes to the back of the head, as well as some black in front of the bill and a large, red cap which is smaller on the female Acorn Woodpeckers. These birds have long, stout bills that look rather like a spike.
Adult males are neat gray birds with a brilliant red face and a black crown and ear patch. Females have the same pattern but less vivid red. The gray upperparts feature a white nape, thin white wingbar, and white rump; the underparts are white. Immatures have pinkish faces.
Kestrels are typically seen hovering, their pointed wings held out. Males have a grey head and tail with a prominent black band, a gingery-brown back and a creamy underside which is speckled with black. Females are similar, but with a more uniform brown back and dark bands on the tail.
What do sparrowhawks look like? Sparrowhawks are small birds of prey with strikingly bright-yellow eyes, broad wings and yellow legs with long talons. Males are smaller than females with grey upper parts, a streaked orange-brown front and a slate-grey head on top with an orange-brown face.
Adults are black with striking white patches under the wings. The naked head and neck are yellowish orange. Immatures have dark heads, grayer necks, and mottled grayish instead of clear white patches under the wings. Adult coloration is reached at 6-8 years of age.
The common buzzard is a member of the genus Buteo, a group of medium-sized raptors with robust bodies and broad wings. The Buteo species of Eurasia and Africa are usually commonly referred to as “buzzards” while those in the Americas are called hawks.
Turkey Vultures feed almost entirely on carrion and human garbage. Although on rare occasions Turkey Vultures catch live prey, including young or sick birds and mammals, Black Vultures kill live prey more frequently, and accounts of Turkey Vultures eating live prey often involve mistakenly identified Black Vultures.
While both birds are dark in color and have bald heads, they are actually quite different in appearance. Turkey vultures are much smaller, with a wingspan of about 5.5 feet compared to the condor’s 9.5 foot wingspan.