Turkey buzzards can be gotten rid of through the use of effigies, repetitive loud noises and sprinklers. A professional bird remover or the Federal Wildlife Services may need to be called for assistance with a large population of them.Know More
The turkey buzzard is a protected migratory bird, making it illegal to shoot or attempt to kill it without a permit. Luckily, there are other ways of getting rid of a single bird or a group of birds.
Buzzards are carrion eaters, but will not eat their own dead as they are typically very communal birds. Consider getting a stuffed bird from the taxidermist or hanging a fake bird upside down from the roosting spot.
If the buzzards are roosting in trees on the property, consider cutting those trees down or thinning out their branches. This literally removes the problem by removing the roosting spots of the birds.
Wait until late afternoon and head out to start harassing the birds by making loud noises. Yell, clap hands, play a siren or even set off firecrackers, if legally allowed. Remember that these birds are protected, so do not throw the firecrackers at the birds. Just set them off below the roosts. Property owners can spray the buzzards with water sprinklers to upset them and get them to disburse.
A jake is a young male wild turkey that can be distinguished from an adult, or tom, by the length of its middle tail feathers. The adult males will have tail feathers that are all the same length, while the younger males will have noticeably longer feathers in the middle. The adult males also have a much longer beard, which is the cluster of hair-like feathers growing from the center of its breast.Full Answer >
The average adult male wild turkey is between 42 and 45 inches long from beak to tail tip. Domestic breeds of the species differ in size, but the smallest breeds are approximately the same size as turkeys in the wild.Full Answer >
Wild turkeys are able to reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Despite their large size, turkeys can fly up to a mile at a time. The maximum flight speed is 55 mph. These activities are much easier for them when the sun is out because turkeys have excellent eyesight in daylight hours but poor night vision.Full Answer >
A male turkey is called either a tom or a gobbler. Juvenile male turkeys are called jakes until they reach adulthood. Turkeys are the largest game bird that is found in North America.Full Answer >