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?