There are many surprises in the natural world. Some are due to our own false interpretations and conclusions, others are due to misinformation we have been given, as well as information that at one time was considered true but has been disproven.
Charles Darwin was certainly not impressed with Turkey Vultures when he first saw them. He noted, “These disgusting birds, with their bald, scarlet heads, formed to revel in putridity.” Yet he seems to have had a better opinion of condors when he wrote, “It is truly wonderful and beautiful to see so great a bird, […]
Finding Unseen Carrion In 1979, David Houston did a study on the efficiency of Turkey Vultures finding carrion by smell. The study was conducted in the tropical forests of Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Setting out dead chickens from fresh to four days old, he discovered that Turkey Vultures within tropical forests rely almost exclusively on […]
Within our natural world we are surrounded by amazing facts of life. In this blog I have presented 10 remarkable facts on the lifestyles of birds of prey and vultures. 1) Harpy Eagles are one of the world’s largest and strongest eagles. According to the Peregrine fund, their hallux (a raptor’s back talon) averages 3 […]
Vulture populations are declining worldwide. Even a vulture whose stomach acids can kill deadly diseases, can’t handle pesticides, certain veterinary drugs, and lead from spent ammunition. Sadly, because they feed together, they will also die together when ingesting these dangerous substances. Vultures are important to ensure the health of humans and the ecosystems in which […]
World wide, many vulture populations are in trouble, yet they are one of the most essential birds. According to the National Geographic article, Bloody Good (2016), of the 23 species of vultures, only 7 are listed as least concern. Four are near threatened, three are endangered, and nine are critically endangered, including the California Condor. So […]