Where Do Turkey Vultures Live?

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Turkey vultures, also called buzzards, live throughout North America. They are a migrating bird, so they live in different areas depending on the time of year.

Turkey vultures can be found year-round in the southern United States. However, northern populations of turkey vultures migrate to the northern United States and sometimes into Canada. During breeding season, which is typically spring and summer, the buzzard can be found throughout much of the United States, with the exception of the southeast region and coastal areas.

Even during the winter, these large birds can be found in increasing numbers in snowy areas, including Alaska, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Newfoundland.

Three different subspecies of turkey vultures live in North America. They look very similar, with only minute differences in size and color.