Review – Crossley ID Guide: Raptors – Turkey Vultures!


The following review of the Crossley ID Guide: Raptors is part of the Raptor Blog Tour. Make sure to check out all the really great articles about this superbly fine guide.


Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vultures. Some people hate them because they are “ugly” or “gross”. But I think they are awesome.

crossley-raptorsSure, these birds urinate on themselves and will vomit on predators if the need arises. But what is gross to humans is perfectly effective for vultures.

Turkey Vultures are nature’s garbage disposals. Any roadkill is free game. And it doesn’t matter if a deceased animal had a disease or toxin in its system; mostly the Turkey Vulture is unharmed!

The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors by: Richard Crossley, Jerry Liguori & Brian Sullivan covers all North American raptors, including the majestic Turkey Vulture.

One of the Turkey Vulture plates in the new guide

The guide includes 101 color plates with over a thousand photographs. The photos are superimposed on a background to form a scene of multiple birds in multiple poses and angles.

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This format is unique to the Crossley ID Guides and a fascinating approach to bird identification. This way you are able to see the same species at varying distances and even in differing light.

The goal is to mimic what you may see in the field and create a better understanding of what to look for and how to identify the birds.

The Turkey Vulture plates show amazing close-up detail of the bizarre, featherless heads of these always interesting birds. The plates also show the habit of large numbers of vultures forming a “kettle” or circle, soaring on thermals plus varying angles of birds in flight.

The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors takes the unique Crossley approach and focuses exclusively on the large, beautiful diurnal raptors.

And it does an excellent job covering the amazing Turkey Vulture.

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Plates provided by Princeton University Press.

Turkey Vulture

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