Turkey Vultures urinate on their legs. As the vultures do not perspire like humans, the act of urinating on the legs helps to cool themselves in summer. At the same time, the strong acids of its urine kill bacteria on the legs.
If cornered by a human or animal, the turkey vulture may roll over and play dead, or project offensive smelling vomit as a defense.
Turkey vultures are the only scavenger birds that can’t kill their prey. They eat prey that is already dead.
The turkey vulture is one of the few birds of prey that are able to use their sense of smell to locate food.