Genomic data of the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura).

Dataset type: Genomic
Data released on May 09, 2014

Zhang G; Li B; Li C; Gilbert MTP; Howard JT; Jarvis ED; The Avian Genome Consortium ; Wang J (2014): Genomic data of the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura). GigaScience Database.


The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura aura (Linnaeus, 1758)), also known as the Turkey Buzzard in North America, is the most widespread vulture species. It lives in a range of open and semi-open areas, such as shrublands, sub-tropical forests and pastures. The Turkey Vulture is a scavanger, feeding exclusively on carrion - it flies low using its keen eye and sense of smell to detect the gases produced during the decay of dead animals.
These data have been produced as part of the Avian Phylogenomics Project. DNA was collected from a female in the Carolina Raptor Center, in Huntersville, North Carolina, USA (originally wild caught in North Carolina), with blood samples provided by Dave Scott of the Center. We sequenced the genome to a depth of approximately 25X.
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.17Gb, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 12kb and 35kb respectively. We identified 13,534 protein-coding genes with a mean length of 10.8kb.

Additional details

Read the peer-reviewed publication(s):

Related datasets:

doi:10.5524/101021 IsSupplementTo doi:10.5524/101000

Accessions (data generated as part of this study):

BioProject: PRJNA212890
SRA: SRP028913


Sample IDTaxonomic IDCommon NameGenbank NameScientific NameSample Attributes
Turkey vulture - CR3843455Turkey vultureTurkey vultureCathartes aura Source material identifiers:Erich Jarvis
Estimated genome size:unknown size
Funding source:BGI
Displaying 1-1 of 1 Sample(s).

File NameSample IDData TypeFile FormatSizeRelease Date 
Turkey vulture - CR38Coding sequenceFASTA4.6 MB2014-05-09
Turkey vulture - CR38Sequence assemblyFASTA349.27 MB2014-05-09
Turkey vulture - CR38AnnotationGFF1.15 MB2014-05-09
Turkey vulture - CR38Protein sequenceFASTA3 MB2014-05-09
Turkey vulture - CR38Repeat sequenceUNKNOWN4.73 MB2014-05-09
Displaying 1-5 of 5 File(s).
Date Action
October 23, 2015 File Cathartes_aura.fa.gz updated
November 1, 2015 File Cathartes_aura.cds.gz updated
November 1, 2015 File Cathartes_aura.gff.gz updated
November 4, 2015 File Cathartes_aura.gff.gz updated
November 4, 2015 File Cathartes_aura.gff.gz updated
November 4, 2015 File Cathartes_aura.fa.gz updated