|Turkey vulture distribution|
The turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), is a bird found throughout most of the Americas. It's also known in some North American regions as the turkey buzzard (or just buzzard), and in some areas of the Caribbean as the John crow or carrion crow. One of three species in the genus Cathartes, ranging from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts.