The turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), also known in some North American regions as the turkey buzzard (or just buzzard), is the most widespread of the New World vultures. One of three species in the genus Cathartes, in the family Cathartidae, the turkey vulture ranges 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. The turkey vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. It finds its food using its keen eyes and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gases produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals. It has very few natural predators.
Call of Juarez: Bound in BloodEdit
In various locations, vultures can be seen flying in the sky. They can be shot and killed, causing them to fall to the ground. They otherwise cannot be interacted with. In the campaign, a vulture is mistaken by Pancho for an "Indian".
Call of Juarez: GunslingerEdit
In Call of Juarez: Gunslingers, vultures make an appearanc again as a neutral NPC. They act the same as in previous games. They can be shot and killed. They play a slighly larger role as they can be used in the achievement "Trick Shot" which requires the player to kill a bird and an enemy in a duel.
Call of Juarez: The CartelEdit
The vulture again makes an appearance as the only animal in the game. They can again be seen flying in the sky and can be shot and killed.
- It is likely the vulture replaces the bald eagle from the original Call of Juarez.