Vultures and Me (2 of 2)

ndturkeyvultureWhat make New World Vultures different from Old World Vultures are their voices and feet. New World Vultures lack voice boxes and can only hiss and grunt. Old World Vultures use their feet for killing, unlike New World Vultures, whose feet are more suitable for walking. Instead of building a nest, as do Old World Vultures, New World Vultures lay their eggs in caves or among boulders. Like storks, these vultures have long legs that they defecate on to cool off. In addition they have perforated nostrils and similar feather structures. (DNA evidence indicates that raptors, in general, may have had waterbirds among their distant relatives.)

While the smaller New World Vultures soar in the sky looking for food, they smell the carcass and hear the flies buzzing around the dead animal. Meanwhile, other vultures watch the smaller vultures head toward the carrion. Several kinds of vultures will feed on one carcass. Smaller vultures, like the turkey vulture (buzzard) arrive first, sensing by smell. Later the bigger vultures, such as the king vulture and the condor, who have keen eyesight, will descend and take over. While the turkey vulture eats the tender meat, the king vulture will eat only the tough meat.

New World Vultures use all their senses–sight, hearing, and sense of smell. While most people go through life just using only one sense–usually sight–New World Vultures are living life to the fullest. People, who use only one sense, are depriving themselves of life. Use all your senses as New World Vultures do and experience the world around you.

What make New World Vultures different from Old World Vultures are their voices and feet. New World Vultures lack voice boxes and can only hiss and grunt. Old World Vultures use their feet for killing, unlike New World Vultures, whose feet are more suitable for walking. Instead of building a nest, as do Old World Vultures, New World Vultures lay their eggs in caves or among boulders. Like storks, these vultures have long legs that they defecate on to cool off. In addition they have perforated nostrils and similar feather structures. (DNA evidence indicates that raptors, in general, may have had waterbirds among their distant relatives.)

While the smaller New World Vultures soar in the sky looking for food, they smell the carcass and hear the flies buzzing around the dead animal. Meanwhile, other vultures watch the smaller vultures head toward the carrion. Several kinds of vultures will feed on one carcass. Smaller vultures, like the turkey vulture (buzzard) arrive first, sensing by smell. Later the bigger vultures, such as the king vulture and the condor, who have keen eyesight, will descend and take over. While the turkey vulture eats the tender meat, the king vulture will eat only the tough meat.

New World Vultures use all their senses–sight, hearing, and sense of smell. While most people go through life just using only one sense–usually sight–New World Vultures are living life to the fullest. People, who use only one sense, are depriving themselves of life. Use all your senses as New World Vultures do and experience the world around you.

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