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Re: Trex as a good smeller

Sorry! I should have written turkey vultures (C. aura) in California (and I was using my personal obs. not the literature).

However, there is also the greater yellow-headed vulture Cathartes melambrotus of the Colombian rainforest.

Gomez, L. G., et al. 1994. The role of greater yellow-headed vultures Cathartes melambrotus as scavengers in neotropical forest.
Ibis 136, 193-196.



Richard Cowen

 On Jul 7, 2006, at 11:34 AM, Tim Williams wrote:

What's the California turkey vulture? I only know of the turkey vulture (_Cathartes aura_) and the California condor (_Gymnogyps californianus_). As I mentioned, the turkey vulture has an excellent sens of smell, but I had thought other New World vultures do not. Condors rely on sight, not smell, to detect carcasses.