Turkey buzzards have red heads. Turkey buzzards have a keen sense of smell and will lead other carion birds to dead meat. They will stay with a mate until it dies, and then they may move on and pick another mate. A Turkey Vulture will soar for long periods of time –possibly up to 6 hours – without flapping its wings. When they do flap, the wing beats are slow, perhaps only 1 flap per second.
The other birds is a black vulture. They have no sense of smell. They mate for life. Black Vultures flap their wings more frequently and quickly when flying. When soaring, the Black Vultures do not teeter back and forth as the Turkey Vulture does.