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Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus
2013-04-23 15:11:08

The Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus), also known as the Savannah Vulture, is a species of bird belonging to the New World Vulture family Cathartidae. It was considered to be the same species as the Greater Yellow-headed Vulture until they were separated in 1964. It can be found in Mexico, Central America, and South America in seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland,...

Marabou Stork
2006-08-26 19:42:27

The Marabou Stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus, is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It breeds in Africa south of the Sahara, residing in both wet and arid habitats. Like most storks, the Marabou is gregarious and a colonial breeder. In the African dry season (when food is more readily available as the pools shrink) it builds a tree nest in which two or three eggs are laid. It...

Lappet-faced Vulture
2006-03-01 10:53:36

The Lappet-faced Vulture or Nubian Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus) is an African Old World vulture belonging to the bird order Accipitriformes. It is the only member of the genus Torgos. A distinct subspecies, T. t. negevensis, occurs in the Sinia, the Negev desert and possibly in north-west Saudi Arabia. It is about 1.15 meters long, with a wingspan of 3 meters. The average weight is 14...

Red-headed Vulture
2006-03-01 10:50:03

The Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) also known as the King Vulture or the Pondicherry Vulture, is a species of Old World vulture found in South Asia.

Cape Vulture
2006-03-01 10:04:48

The Cape Griffon or Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. It is common to southern Africa, and is found mainly in South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana. They nest on cliffs and typically lay one egg per year. The species is listed as "Vulnerable", and the IUCN Conservation Status is (VU A1ade+2de, C1+2b). The major problems it faces are poisoning,...

Griffon Vulture
2006-03-01 09:04:18

The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae and is resident in mountains throughout southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia. Griffon Vultures have been re-introduced successfully into the Massif Central in France. Griffons may form loose colonies, and will often move in flocks. Like other vultures it is an expert scavenger, feeding mostly from...

Lammergeier Beared Vulture
2006-03-01 08:20:00

The Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) is a large Old World vulture and the only member of the genus Gypaetus. It is different from other Old World vultures I that is doesn't have the characteristic bald head. This resident species can be found on high mountains in southern Europe, Africa, India and Tibet. It been successfully re-introduced into the Alps, but is still one of...

Eurasian Black Vulture
2006-03-01 07:54:18

The Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is the only species in the genus Aegypius. It also goes by the names Monk Vulture, Cinereous Vulture, or simply Black Vulture. It is a very large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers. This Old World vulture is not related to the New World vultures which are in...

Vulture
2005-06-02 11:23:58

Vultures are scavenging birds that feed mostly from carcasses of dead animals. Vultures are found in almost every continent. A particular characteristic of many vultures is their bald head, completely devoid of feathers. This is likely because a feathered head would become spattered with blood and other fluids, and thus be difficult to keep clean. Vultures fall into two groups. The Old...

Secretary Bird
2005-06-02 08:54:31

The Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a large-sized bird of the bird of prey family in the order Falconiformes, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards, vultures, and harriers. This bird is so distinctive that it has been given its own family. With its hooked bill it resembles an eagle. However, its rounded wings and very long legs are more like...

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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