Missouri Turkey Vultures

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Welcome to the Missouri Turkey Vultures! This nest is located in the top of a barn in Marshall, Missouri. Turkey vultures have only recently begun nesting again after an absence of several years. In 2021, they laid their first egg on April 18. Turkey Vulture channel on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf0ODR6Laiid_g2IV0D9hog.

The Turkey Vulture cam has been shut down following fledge and dispersal. It will return next spring.

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About the Marshall Turkey Vultures

About the Turkey Vultures

The Marshall Turkey Vultures are nesting in an empty hay loft in a barn on private property near Marshall, MO. In general, vultures arrive in late March or early April and lay eggs in early May. Hatch begins about 28 days after the second egg is laid. Both parents incubate eggs and brood young.

Vultures eat primarily carrion. Although they prefer relatively fresh carrion, they are unable to tear carcasses open, which means they must wait until a carcass putrefies or is opened by mammals or larger vultures. This may be why they have been documented following bald eagles and black vultures.

Adult Turkey Vultures regurgitate food for their young, who fledge roughly sixty days after hatching. To learn more about turkey vultures in general, please follow this link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.

Adults

We will have more information after the adults return. Although vultures are classified as a member of the order  Accipitriformes, and so related to hawks, eagles, and falcons, males and female birds are similar in size and lack the strong feet and talons of most Accipitriforme birds.

Nests

Turkey vultures lay eggs in dark, quiet recesses, including rock outcrops, mammal burrows, hollow logs, thickets, hollow trees, abandoned stick nests, and abandoned buildings. Nest sites must be dark and isolated from human disturbance.

Quick facts
Common name: Turkey vulture
Scientific name: Cathartes aura
Both Sexes
Length: 25.2-31.9 in (64-81 cm) | Weight: 70.5 oz (2000 g)
Wingspan: 66.9-70.1 in (170-178 cm)
Lifespan: 20+ years in the wild. The oldest known turkey vulture, Tolouse, is 38 years old, and lives at the San Francisco Zoo.

Turkey Vulture Vocalization
This vocalization was taken from our cam in 2013. It includes two young vultures food begging and chasing a parent.

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April 12, 2021: DN13 back, DN14 front

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April 5, 2021: DN13, left and DN14, right

Eaglet Growth and Development, Week Two

We’re writing a series of blogs about the first few weeks of an eaglet’s life. An eaglet spends roughly 75 to 80 days in the nest. For about the first half, it grows and gains weight. For about the second half, it grows flight feathers and starts developing the skills it will need post-fledge. We will focus on week two in this blog. In their second week of development, the eaglets will gain roughly two pounds, experience rapid growth in

March 26, 2021: DN13 eats breakfast!

Eaglet Growth and Development: Week One

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March 10, 2021: Zooey from the back

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Hatch Watch 2021!

Tik-tok hatch clock! We’re on hatch watch at Decorah North!

We are on hatch watch at Decorah North! While both eaglets still have open body cavities, most of their major morphological changes are done. At this point: Their eyelids still need to close all the way. Their eyes are growing into their sockets, more or less. Eaglets often have big bulgy ‘blueberry eyes’ when they hatch. Their eyes settle into their sockets during the first few days after hatch. Natal down is growing from feather germs. The chicks are squirming

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News

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October 18, 2021: Mr. North at the North Nest

Nestflix for Breakfish! Decorah North and the Mississippi Flyway

It’s NestFlix for Breakfish! In Decorah, DNF’s morning repast is interrupted by a juvenile eagle. Could it be DN13 or DN14? We have more information about that in the round-up! I’m sure that a lot of us swooned over close-ups of Mr. North, but I also enjoyed seeing the nest taking shape in Mr. North’s breakfish video. Eagles are early risers, so if you want to see live nestorations this time of the year, you’ll need to tune in at

October 15, 2021: Mom on the Maple

Friday night Nestflix from Decorah, Decorah North, and the Flyway!

Happy Fri-yay! Kick your feet up, grab the popcorn, and join us for movie night: we’ve got Nestflix from Decorah, Decorah North, and the Flyway! In Decorah, Mom graces us with an appearance on the maple. The Decorah North eagles are coping with guests on the North Super Flyway, including a lovely and very plucky subadult. Don’t miss the three-way eagle interaction! The adult-to-adult dinner confrontation could have saved the very hungry subadult’s life, since it stole the dinner prize

October 11, 2021: DNF (left) and Mr. North (right) at the North nest.

October 12, 2021: Decorah, Decorah North, and the Mississippi Flyway!

Welcome back, everyone! It’s great to see Mr. North and DNF again and we’re getting tantalizing views of Mom on the maple and bluff up above the hatchery! We’re still not sure where the Decorah Eagles are going to nest this year, but we’ll be watching all three nests (N1, N2B, and N3) and hope to have a boots-on-the-ground report within the next week. Can we remove the dead tree that Mom and DM2 are nesting in right now? Removing

2021 cam turn on announcement

The Decorah and Decorah North Eagles are Coming Back!

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September 23, 2021: Mr. North from the new camera at the North nest. He looks wonderful!

Cam work round-up!

More pics from the field! We finished cam work in Decorah on September 27th. Overall, we installed five cameras (two at the north nest and three at a new nest) and two microphones, cleaned eleven cameras, trimmed trees, measured the North nest and our new nest, took some unused equipment down, and built a starter nest at N1. We are turning the streams back on Saturday, October 9, at noon nest time (central) and our wonderful volunteers are planning a

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Nest Records
Turkey Vulture 2021 Nest Records

Egg-Laying
First egg: April 18 at about 10:56 PM
Second egg: Either late on April 20 or early on April 21

Hatching
MTV1 hatched on April 26 @ around 5:00 AM CDT
MTV2 hatched on April 27 @ around 1:00 PM CDT

Fledging

Vultures and Outcomes >> Detailed Annual Information

YearNest ChicksKnown Outcomes
2021Marshall Turkey VulturesMOTV1, MOTV2The vultures laid two eggs and produced two chicks.
Videos

Missouri Turkey Vulture Video Playlist

Click the icon on the top left of the stream to view a full list of videos from our playlist, or visit our playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/c/RaptorResourceProject