Tag: vulture

  • Andean Condors (Vultur gryphus)

    Oftentimes when people think of vultures they think of an ugly, onimous bird, gloomily waiting around for the death of other creatures, a nightmarish bird. However, vultures play a vital role in our ecosystems and are certainly nothing to fear as they clean-up the landscape. Andean Condors (Vultur gryphus), part of the vulture family, are […]

  • Birds of Prey

    Birds of prey, or raptors, are birds that hunt other animals for food and are specially adapted to do so. Birds of prey include eagles, condors, kites, falcons, hawks, osprey, owls, vultures, buzzards and secretary birds. When hunting, birds of prey use their highly adapted feet and talons to capture and kill prey. Hawks and […]

  • Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

    The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is a very large bird at a length of 25 inches and a 72 inch wingspan. These broad wings allow the vulture to soar in the skies for great lengths of time. At intervals, the vulture will flap its wings slowly and then continue to soar. Both the males and […]

  • Do birds have a sense of smell?

    Perhaps you've heard this old-wives' tale: "if you touch a baby bird, its parents will reject it because it smells like humans". This tale isn't true, because birds have a very poor sense of ...