The silvery or whitish gray wingtips (fingers) and flight feathers give the Turkey Vulture a two-toned appearance.
A Turkey Vulture’s wings will be largely silvery-white underneath, while the Black Vulture only has small patches of white at the tip. Unlike most bird species, Turkey Vultures rely on their sense of smell to find prey. Black Vultures rely on sight.
In comparison, the Turkey Vulture has a black body and bicolored underwings. The wings are long and narrow, with silver-gray underwing feathers contrasting with the black color of the wing’s leading edge. The tail is long and stubby. The Turkey Vulture’s wingspan is longer than the Black Vulture’s by about 1 foot.
Adult Gray Hawks are pale gray birds with finely barred chests and prominently banded black-and-white tails. The undertail coverts are white; the wingtips are dark. Immatures have dark brown backs with heavy brown streaks and spots on the underparts.
Crows and ravens are large black birds found throughout North America, and they can be hard to tell apart. The best clue for identification is usually the voice, but the species differ in some other subtle ways, too.
White Tips only has partial leucism, making it a pied eagle, or a piebald eagle. White Tips has a very unique patterning due to his leucism: white wing tips and white talons. There are five white feathers on the tip of each wing. White Tips’ talons are completely white, not black as is normal for bald eagle talons.
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.
Adult (Northern) Turkey Vultures are common, large, and dark soaring birds, but they have much smaller, darker heads than Bald Eagles and they hold their wings in a pronounced V-shape when soaring. They often teeter as they soar, whereas Bald Eagles hold their wings flat like a board and are steady.
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.
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.
Unlike its red-headed cousin the turkey vulture, which feeds only on the carcasses of dead animals, black vultures are an aggressive bird that will, on occasion, kill other animals for food.
Measurements. Turkey Vultures appear black from a distance but up close are dark brown with a featherless red head and pale bill. While most of their body and forewing are dark, the undersides of the flight feathers (along the trailing edge and wingtips) are paler, giving a two-toned appearance.
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.
One of the most noticeable differences is their size. Eagles are much larger than hawks, and have longer wingspans. Hawks have a similar appearance, but if you look carefully, you will notice that the wings of hawks tend to be more rounded, and they have short, broad, rounded tails and a stocky build.
Hawks include the bird-eating hawks such as the sparrowhawk, with broad, rounded wings and long, slender tails. Buzzards are mostly larger, longer-winged, substantial birds, which use broad wings for soaring.
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.
They’re nature’s cleaning crews, says Wahrung, the creatures willing to dig in and rid the ground of carcasses that can otherwise spread diseases, parasites and bacteria. The ones you may see most often from your house or apartment window are either the black or turkey vultures, depending on where you live.
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.
Ravens differ from crows in appearance by their larger bill, tail shape, flight pattern and by their large size. Ravens are as big as Red-tailed Hawks, and crows are about the size of pigeons.
Ravens are one of the most distinctive birds in North America. In general, they are very large and entirely black just like crows. They can be found across the Northern Hemisphere with common ravens living in areas such as California, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and Scotland.
Common Grackles are larger than Brewer’s Blackbirds with a longer tail and a heavier bill. Male Common Grackles have a bluish sheen on the head, whereas Brewer’s have a purplish sheen.
Ospreys are brown above and white below, and overall they are whiter than most raptors. From below, the wings are mostly white with a prominent dark patch at the wrists. The head is white with a broad brown stripe through the eye. Juveniles have white spots on the back and buffy shading on the breast.
Top 9 Largest Eagles in the World Summary
|#1||Martial Eagle||8.5 feet|
|#2||Stellar’s Sea Eagle||8.3 feet|
|#3||American Bald Eagle||8.2 feet|
|#4||White-Tailed Eagle||7.8 feet|
Bald Eagles are larger than Osprey. Adults have a clean white tail and dark body, whereas Osprey have a banded tail and a white body.