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Vulture

 

The vultures apart from being birds of prey as most of you will know are also scavengers and suppose also know, in fact the scavenger par excellence as it only feeds on dead animals, but can say that if they are hungry and can not find carrion are able to hunt animals, although they prefer the job to someone else does.

These birds have a very extensive habitat and spread to every continent except Antarctica and Oceania.

Within two types of vultures, the Old World (Europe and other continents) and New World (America) you distinguish. In general they are all very similar to each other, the particularity that characterizes most is the totally bald head, without a single feather. Their claws are blunt and short, because as they do not hunt big lack claws. Usually as they are very large birds take advantage of thermals to lift and maintain flight.

When we go into the the New World. These belong to the family Accipitridae, which also included the hawks and eagles. Within the old world found 7 species: the great king vulture, with a brown and white plumage on the body and neck feathers of orange, red, purple and blue colors; Red-necked vulture, is distinguished by a clear band near the edge of their wings; two condors, the vultur and gymnogyps; vulture and a small, very abundant bird. They live only in America. All meat eaters, but the latter will also eat fruit and rotting vegetables.

When we go into the Old World differentiate 14 species, which are divided into eight genres: Gyps vultures, are the most common, feeding on carrion and are gregarious, within these there are 7 species, usually in open spaces or mountains ; and inhabit Asia, especially southern Europe and Africa. And then there are other two very large species of vultures which are more solitary habits, these are more specialized than before. They are: the bald vulture has the head and neck of a very bright red, and is completely black, which is Asian; and then the long-eared vulture and white head, which are African.


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