The Turkey Vulture is one of the most amazing and beneficial birds in the world. We are very fortunate that they are so abundant throughout Oklahoma. These birds can be seen perched on old buildings or barns but spend much of their day soaring in the sky looking for food. Unlike most birds they rarely flap their wings. They are such skilled gliders that they can stay in the air for more than six hours. They are an extremely important part of our ecosystem because they clean up the flesh of decaying animals. The Cherokee Nation calls these birds "Peace Eagles" because unlike other birds of prey they do not kill. They are actually quite magnificent when you get to see them this close up - Oh and a little ugly!!