10 Cool Facts about Vultures – General Part One

Cape Vulture - Vulture Restaurant @ VulPro - Photo Copyright Mandy Schroder
Cape Vulture – Vulture Restaurant @ VulPro – Photo Copyright Mandy Schroder

1.Worldwide

There are 23 vulture species in the world, with at least one type of vulture found on each continent, except Australia and Antarctica.

Vultures feeding - Vulture restaurant @ VulPro - Photo Mandy Schrode
Vultures feeding – Vulture restaurant @ VulPro – Photo Mandy Schrode

2. Sad and Scary

About 14 species are listed as threatened or endangered.

3. Fabulous and Friendly
Vultures are quite sociable and often fly, feed or roost in large flocks.

4. Magical Meat
Vultures are carnivores and eat carrion.

5. Disease Doctor
They prefer fresh meat but will eat carcasses that are too rotten for other animals; because of this they are VERY important. They help to stop the spread of disease!

6. Bird’s Eye View
A vulture’s territory is called his “range”. They can fly so far that a range can be bigger than one country.

7. What big eyes you have
Vultures have excellent eyesight and smell.

8. Fly way up high

Vultures soar on thermals, a beautiful sight to see when they circle overhead.

C ape Vulture Head - Vulture Restaurant @ VulPro - Photo Mandy Schroder
C ape Vulture Head – Vulture Restaurant @ VulPro – Photo Mandy Schroder

9. Bald is Beautiful!
Nature is very clever; vultures have bare heads and sometimes bare necks, so that when they feed on rotting carcasses, they don’t end up with germs and rotten food stuck on their feathers.

Cape Vulture bathing - Vultures love being clean
Cape Vulture bathing – Vultures love being clean

10. Splish Splash, I’m taking a bath
Vultures LOVE water and wash themselves clean after each feeding.

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