All About Vultures

1st January 2013

The vulture urinates to cool itself and also to disinfect their legs killing any germs.

A threatened vulture uses its reeking, corrosive vomit as a defensive projectile - YUK!

The vulture is bald and as it lacks feathers on its long neck it can dig deep into a carcass without getting soiled.

Weight: Up to 12 kg (25 lb.)

Wingspan: Up to 3 m (10 feet)

Habitat: Deserts, savannas and grasslands

Lifespan: 15 to 20 years

Diet: the Vulture chiefly feeds on carrion (the carcasses of dead animals).

The Vulture is very hardy and survive all types of bacteria.

Vulture stomach acid is so corrosive it kills bacteria and infections which would be leathal to any other birds of prey.

The Turkey vulture is often called a buzzard.

A vulture in flight can spot a 3-foot animal carcass from up to 4 miles away.

Unlike most birds Vultures do not build nests.

The Rueppell’s griffon vulture is the world’s highest flying bird and known to fly at 37,000 feet.

The collective name for a group is a wake, committee, or venue.

A flight of vultures circling together is called a kettle.

Most vultures mate for life.

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