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vulture

a large bird of prey in the order Falconiformes. In two major groups, the Old World vultures (family Accipitridae, subfamily Aegypiinae) and the New World vultures (family Cathartidae). The former include the Egyptian black (Aegypius monachus) and griffon (Gypius fulvus) vultures. The New World group include the condors and the black (Coragyps atratus) and turkey (Cathartes aura) vultures.
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The visitor today can sit on a hillside amid dry grasses and vinegar weed and beneath gnarled blue oaks and watch turkey buzzards soar above the rocky knolls.
You can sit for hours and watch turkey buzzards riding the thermals above the river.