Tuesday, 30 April 2013

8 Facts About Vultures

Fun Facts about Vultures
Cape Vulture

1. A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, kettle or volt. 

2. A flying group of vultures is called a kettle.

3. They are scavenger birds. They may kill an animal that is sick or dying otherwise they only what is already dead.

4. Vulture stomach acid is exceptionally corrosive, allowing them to safely digest putrid carcasses infected with Botulinum toxin, hog cholera, and anthrax bacteria that would be lethal to other scavengers.

5. South Africa has 8 types of Vultures classified in the Old World Vulture group. 

6. They are bad flyers because they are so heavy. They cannot stay airborne for too long and take advantage of thermal pockets of air to rise over 150 meters.

7. Their vision is 8 times better than humans.

8. Vultures often stay in groups and rely on one another to find food and to watch out for predators.

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