I Like Leftovers

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UploadedApril 14, 2017
TakenJanuary 27, 2017
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D810
Exposure1/250 sec at f/9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length120 mm
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Vulture is the name given to two groups of scavenging birds of prey: the New World vultures, including the Californian and Andean condors, and the Old World vultures, including the birds that are seen scavenging on carcasses of dead animals on African plains. Some traditional Old World vultures (including the bearded vulture) are not closely related to the others, which is why the vultures are to be subdivided into three taxa rather than two. New World vultures are found in North and South America; Old World vultures are found in Europe, Africa, and Asia, meaning that between the two groups, vultures are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of normal feathers. Although it has been historically believed to help keep the head clean when feeding, the bare skin may play an important role in thermoregulation. Vultures have been observed to hunch their bodies and tuck in their heads in the cold, and open their wings and stretch their necks in the heat.

A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, kettle, venue, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee refers to vultures resting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.The word Geier (taken from the German language) does not have a precise meaning in ornithology; it is occasionally used to refer to a vulture in English, as in some poetry.

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2 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (14 Apr 2017):

    It is a beautiful bird....Never knew there was so many terms for a group of vultures. Very interesting!!!

  • Gail Haberman

    Gail Haberman   gave props (14 Apr 2017):

    Awesome view!

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