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Vulture

by Steve Purnell

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Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.

Vulture is the name given to two groups of convergently evolved scavenging birds: the New World Vultures, including the well-known Californian and Andean Condors; and the Old World Vultures, including the birds that are seen scavenging on carcasses of dead animals on African plains. New World Vultures are found in North and South America; Old World Vultures are found in Europe, Africa and Asia, meaning that between the two groups, vultures are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of normal feathers. This helps to keep the head clean when feeding. Research has shown that the bare skin may play an important role in thermoregulation.
A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, venue, kettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding. The word Geier (taken from the German language) does not have a precise meaning in ornithology; it is occasionally used to refer to a vulture in English, as in some poetry.
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)
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ALLY COXON commented on July 27, 2013 11:45am
Great shot Steve
Steve Purnell commented on July 27, 2013 11:52am
Thanks Ally :)
ronnie mcneil commented on July 27, 2013 1:41pm
nice one Steve! :)
Steve Purnell commented on July 27, 2013 1:47pm
Thank you Ronnie :)
Elizabeth Tilly commented on March 25, 2014 1:45pm
Awesome capture!
Steve Purnell commented on March 26, 2014 8:39am
Many thanks Elizabeth :)