Turkey Vulture Does the Math!

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Hi, my name is Christian.

I am going to tell you about the turkey vulture and how it did math.  I think the turkey vulture is funny looking, but an interesting bird.

Christian looking at his favorite book...Birds of Arizona!

A turkey vulture is one only birds that eats carrion as its main source of food.  This is good for the environment because dead animals can’t sit around or diseases will start.  I like to compare them to a live vacuum.  They suck up the waste!

How did the turkey vulture do math?  Look at the picture my dad took of this turkey vulture on our view fence in our backyard.

Taken from my backyard!


If you recall, there are 12 inches in one foot and one yard is equal to three feet.

How can we tell how long the wingspan is by just looking at the picture?

Well, let me tell you.

Look at the fence.  The space between each bar is six inches.  Now count how many spaces there are under the turkey vulture’s one wing.  I count six spaces.

Here’s the math:
six spaces times six inches for each bar equals thirty-six inches
6 x 6 = 36
This tells us that one wing span is about 36 inches long.

What number do we know in measurement that is 36?

You are right!  There are 36 inches in a yard.  So, the turkey vulture’s one wingspan is 36 inches long, three feet or one yard.

How long would both his wings be?

Here are some fun facts about the turkey vulture:
The turkey vulture builds no nest, but lays eggs on a cliff or in a cave.  It’s eggs are white with brown markings.   The eggs remain eggs for 38-41 days.

Here I am with my friends discussing bird species.

What else can you tell me about the turkey vulture?

5 thoughts on “Turkey Vulture Does the Math!

  1. There is so much information out there for everyone to absorb! Be a sponge and soak it all up…..Mrs. Fraher has shown you many different ways to gather information and increase your knowledge in the real world. A simple google search for “interesting facts about Turkey Vultures”, provided this web site and interesting tidbit:

    The Horaltic Pose

    Turkey Vultures are often seen standing in a spread-winged stance. This is called the “horaltic pose.” The stance may serve multiple functions, including warming the body and drying the wings. Research on this pose suggests that turkey vultures spread their wings in the mornings, once the sun’s intensity reaches a certain level, to raise their body temperature (which they lower at night by a few degrees as an energy saving mechanism).

    Nice job Christian and very interesting. Fabulous photo!! Looks like a professional to me!

    Walt Merchant/Christian’s Dad 🙂

  2. Christian,
    Interesting picture and facts. He sure is a big bird from that pose. I’ve seen them in the sky or sitting on something dead but not with out spread wings.

    Do you enjoy studying about birds? You did a great job spotting the math with this. Can you use math in another part of nature?

  3. Dear Christan,
    The answer to your qustion is, “How long would both wings be” is 72. You want to know how I got that answer? Well, since 36 is the spand of one wing, then you would have to multiply the number 36 by 2. Or you could just add up 36 and 36. Even though multiplication is the same thing as adding, it would still be the two different kinds of strategys. If you don’t know what my point is, then just reply and i’ll tell you after I see what you replyed.
    P.S Make sure to check out my blog as well: http://blog.goaj.org/clairebobcat

  4. Christian and classmates,
    Since you know a lot about birds we’d like to know more about a Roadrunner. That’s our school mascot. He isn’t like a real roadrunner because he wears tennis shoes and carries a backpack.

    We’d like to know some things about a Roadrunner. Have you got a picture of one? Have you ever seen one? How big are they? Can you do math with them?

  5. Dear Christian – WOW! I can’t believe that you see birds like that in your back garden! The biggest bird we would see might be a crow, or a blackbird (which really aren’t that big…) Once on holiday in the Scottish highlands I saw a golden eagle, but they are pretty rare. It has a wingspan of a similar size to your turkey vulture, and is the largest bird in the UK. No wonder you are interested in birds, when there are such amazing ones right on your doorstep!
    Great work!
    Mrs M
    A Room with a View

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