Learn About Aurora

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 20-30yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10yrs
  • Wingspan: 4-5ft
  • Weight: 4.5lbs
  • Range in the Wild: lower 48 United States, Central America, South America
  • Habitat in the Wild: open and semi-open farmland, forest, scrub, pasture
    • Diet in the Wild: Opportunists: carrion
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, poultry, donated meats
    • Gender: Female
    • Birth: April 2011
    • Arrival: March 2012
    • Lives In: Birds of Prey Center

Aurora came to us from the Portland Audubon Wildlife Care Center. She was very thin, had an injured eye, and multiple cuts and bruises. We believe she may have fallen out of her nest (usually placed high up in trees or on telephone poles). Her eye didn’t heal and is no longer functional, meaning that she couldn’t be released.  Her visual impairment makes her slow and cautious, but she is an amazingly sweet bird and is a regular choice for outreach events. Sometimes she is so relaxed at these programs that she falls asleep on her perch!