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Vulture [Aegypius Monachus] Facts

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Vulture [Aegypius Monachus] Facts

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Vultures are large brown birds with white heads. Many of them are bald.

Vultures are carrion-eating birds and animals that have died, either naturally or because they were killed (by themselves, other animals, or humans).

Vultures can be found on all continents except Antarctica and Oceania.

Characteristics of Vultures is bald head, no fur except fuzz. Research shows that this plays an important role in thermoregulation.

The vulture is divided into two groups: the Old World Vulture and the New World Vulture. The equation of the two is that they are divided by convergent evolution.

Vultures rarely attack healthy prey, but are likely to injure, even kill, sick or injured prey.

Where Are Vultures Found?

Vultures are found on every continent except Antarctica and Oceania.

What Do Vultures Eat?

They eat the carcasses of dead animals.

Where Do Vultures Live?

Vultures live in desert areas in small family groups.

Vultures Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Falconiformes (Fam. Accipitridae); Ciconiiformes (Fam. Cathartidae)
Vulture Scientific Name Aegypius Monachus

Fun Facts About Vultures

  1. Sometimes when people think that someone is profiting by someone else’s misfortune they will refer to that person as a vulture.

  2. Sometimes the vulture is referred to as the vacuum cleaner of the animal world because it cleans our planet from the carcasses of dead animals.

  3. A group of vultures circling in the air is called a kettle.

  4. Vultures are incredibly diverse with over 20 species found across the world.

  5. Vultures are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

  6. Vultures only lay one egg every year or so.

  7. A vulture can eat up to 1 kilogram (about 2 pounds) in a single meal (that's over 10% of their body weight).

  8. Vultures are carnivorous animals.