Buzzard, or Turkey Vulture, a large American bird that lives in a wide range of habitats, including grasslands, forests, and deserts. The buzzard is a carrion scavenger, feeding chiefly on the remains of dead animals. The adult bird is about 30 inches (76 cm) long with a wingspread of 6 feet (1.8 m). It has a slightly hooked beak, a bare, bright red head, and grayish-black plumage.
The buzzard lays its eggs in a depression in the ground. The two, or sometimes three, creamy white eggs are speckled in brown or lavender. The young buzzards, when hatched, are covered with white down.
Buzzards are graceful in flight, soaring at great heights and moving their wings only to adjust to changing air currents. They fly by day, seeking carrion. Buzzards locate carrion both by sight and smell. (Unlike most other birds, buzzards have a well-developed sense of smell.)
The buzzard's range extends from southern Canada to the southern tip of South America. Those in the northern parts of this range usually migrate south in autumn.
The buzzard is Cathartes aura of the family Cathartidae.