Vultures are very common in the Everglade areas and the Black Vulture is more common than the Turkey Vulture pictured here. Most birds don't have a well-developed sense of smell which is a trait of the Turkey Vulture. They seek carrion by soaring over open or partly wooded country, watching the ground and locating carrion by odor. Turkey Vultures are more timid than Black Vultures so they follow and watch the Turkey Vulture as it searches for carrion then will take the food for themselves leaving the Turkey Vulture to wait until it's had its fill.
The body of this Vulture is dark black and covered in thick feathers with a bald head. It is believed the lack of feathers prevents various types of parasites from their food getting into their feathers. They are plump and they have a sharp yellow beak that allows them to get into tough types of food. They have white and yellow under their wings that can be detected only when they are in flight.