Vultures the garbage gobblers of nature. Without these proficient birds the Earth wouldn’t be quite as clean. These menacing creatures must be protected as they play a vital role in the ecosystem by reducing the spread of diseases.
Name: Vultures (Cathartes aura)
Lifespan: Black Vulture- 10 years
King Vulture- 30 years
What do they eat: Carrion (Animal Carcasses)
Where are they found: Mostly in Europe, Africa, and Asia
Group Name: A group of vultures perched
in a tree, are called a 'committee', a 'venue'
or even a 'volt'. When the vultures are on
the ground to feed on carcass, they're called a 'wake'.
Wingspan: 1.2- 2.6 m (depends on the species)
Number of species: 23
- Vultures pee on their legs to cool off in hot weather.
- Vultures have very weak legs and cannot carry their prey.
- It is a myth that vultures circle dying animals.
- Turkey Vultures have a very good sense of smell as well as sight. They also have a good immune system to protect them from the rotten meat.
-Vultures have strong and curved Turkey Vulture beaks for ripping apart meat.
- September 7 is celebrated as
international vulture awareness day.
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From one curious animal lover to another!
Stay tuned for more blog posts! -Kie
Image credit: Casey Allen