Presentation on theme: "Birds of Prey Project By Zach P.. Vulture Picture from ahomls.com The vulture is mainly a scavenging bird and eats mostly carrion. A group of vultures."— Presentation transcript:
Vulture Picture from ahomls.com The vulture is mainly a scavenging bird and eats mostly carrion. A group of vultures is called a wake. They are categorized as Old World Vultures and New World Vultures. They also have a bald head for sticking their head into the carrion.
Accipitradae Picture from sicomsystems.com The Accipitradae is the family of the Old World Vultures (see next slide). Accipitradae also holds eagles, hawks, kites, and harriers. The osprey, Secretary Bird, and New World Vultures are in a different family/category.
Old World Vultures Picture from es.treknature.com. The Old World Vultures belong to Accipitradae (see previous slide. They are found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. They are similar to New World Vultures and Condors. Most importantly, they rely on SIGHT.
New World Vulture Picture from Wikipedia, New World vulture. There are 5 vultures in this group. 2 of those vultures are the black vulture and the turkey vulture. They are under the family of Cathartidae. They have the only vulture with a good sense of smell; the turkey vulture.
Turkey Vulture The turkey vulture is known as a buzzard. It is one of the few birds of prey that feeds regurgitated food. Other vultures follow the turkey vulture for carrion. It weighs 3 and 1 half to 5 pounds. It lives from the southern Canada to the southern tip of South America. The eggs are incubated for 38 to 41 days.
Turkey Vulture (cont.) In the U.S., the turkey vulture receives legal protection. The field mark for the adult is its red head. It lives for 16 to 20 years. It will use thermals (rising bubbles of hot air) to glide. While it flies, it tends to tip and tilt.