New World Vultures ~ Turkey & Black Vulture by Kimberly Chadwick

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

VULTURE (New World)
The New World vultures and condors found in warm and temperate areas of the Americas are not closely related to the superficially similar Accipitridae, but belong in the family Cathartidae, which was once considered to be related to the storks. However, recent DNA evidence suggests that they should be included among the Accipitriformes, along with other birds of prey. However, they are still not directly related to the other vultures. Several species have a good sense of smell, unusual for raptors, and are able to smell the dead they focus upon from great heights, up to a mile away.

Vultures are scavenging birds, feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals. Vultures are found on every continent except Antarctica and Oceania.

Vultures do not use their feet to kill their prey because they are scavengers (the definition of a Raptor[citation needed]) and so have gone back and forth between being classified as a raptor or a non-raptor[citation needed], and have gone through extensive DNA testing to test the relationships.

Vultures are scavengers. A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of feathers. This helps to keep the head clean when feeding. Research has shown that the bare skin may play an important role in thermoregulation.

A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, or venue. The word Geier (taken from the German language) does not have a precise meaning in ornithology, and it is occasionally used to refer to a vulture in English, as in some poetry.

Vultures seldom attack healthy animals, but may kill the wounded or sick. When a carcass has too thick a hide for its beak to open, it waits for a larger scavenger to eat first. Vast numbers have been seen upon battlefields. They gorge themselves when prey is abundant, till their crop bulges, and sit, sleepy or half torpid, to digest their food. They do not carry food to their young in their claws, but disgorge it from the crop. These birds are of great value as scavengers, especially in hot regions. Vulture stomach acid is exceptionally corrosive, allowing them to safely digest putrid carcasses infected with Botulinum toxin, hog cholera, and anthrax bacteria that would be lethal to other scavengers. This also enables them to use their reeking, corrosive vomit as a defensive projectile when threatened. Vultures urinate straight down their legs; the uric acid kills bacteria accumulated from walking through carcasses, and also acts as evaporative cooling


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  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Kimberly!!

  • Thank yo Marvin, I was pleased to have captured this moment….

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 4 years ago

    Terrific shot young lady!!!

  • Thank you Anthony very much darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 4 years ago

    Great work Kimberly! Was this a civil sharing of a dinner table, or was there great competition and quarreling?

  • It was very civil. There was two Turkeys and the one Black sharing this meal. I pulled over and got out and sat on the ground for a while. These two didn’t seem to phased that I was there. They watched me but that was it. Not to much was coming between them and their meal. I think perhaps they were gorging themselves as more circled above our heads to scared due to my presence…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 4 years ago

    Wow, that is cool! I guess they thought you didn’t look very hungry, so you were no threat…or maybe they thought you were waiting your turn, and tried to scarf it down so there would be none left for you.

  • LMAO, ewwwww! How did you know that I have a pallet for road kill? Who talked….lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Well captured!
    Can’t say they are my favourite birds, but they have an important part to play in the big picture.

  • They aren’t many peoples favorites, but they are beautiful in their own way. Thank you Ma’am

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfover 4 years ago

    Nature in the RAW, great find and capture, recycling at its utmost, well done Kimberley, Dave

  • Thank you Dave so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot, Kimberly! I always love to see these fabulous birds – soaring overhead, acting as nature’s vacuum cleaners.

  • That they are! Thank you , I was excited to see both in one image!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 4 years ago

    Kimberly what a real nature photo this is, Fabulous Capture…Laura

  • Thank you Laura, I appreciate that as always my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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