• Teddy K posted an update in the group Group logo of Fact a Day 2022Fact a Day 2022 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Factoid for 2/7: We have TONS of turkey vultures around here – The turkey vulture is related to the stork, not to any birds of prey. Their scientific name in Latin means “cleansing breeze.” Like all other vultures, the turkey vulture has a bald head. This is so that bits of carrion (dead meat) do not adhere to the skin as they would to feathers. At close range the naked red heads of the adult turkey vultures resemble those of turkeys, hence the name. Turkey vultures are the only scavenger birds that can’t kill their prey. A close inspection of their feet reminds one of a chicken instead of a hawk or an eagle. Their feet are useless for ripping into prey, but the vultures have powerful beaks that can tear through even the toughest cow hide.

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