Olfactory sensitivity of the Tturkey vulture (Cathartes aura) to three carrion-associated odorants

Turkey Vulture in flight

Turkey Vulture in flight

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) Science Article 2


The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is generally thought to rely on olfactory cues to locate carrion. Because vertically rising odorants are dispersed rapidly by wind turbulence, we predict that Turkey Vultures should be highly sensitive to these chemicals to detect them at foraging altitudes.

STEVEN A. SMITH AND RICHARD A. PASELK, The Auk 103: 586-592, july 1986

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