Vultures are found in every continent except Antarctica and Oceania.
Several species of New World vultures have a good sense of smell, unusual for raptors.
Vultures are classified into two groups: Old World vultures and New World vultures.
The New World vultures, found in warm and temperate areas of the Americas, comprise the family Cathartidae.
New World vultures are considered not to be closely related to the superficially similar Old World vultures of the Accipitridae family.
Old World vultures, which are not closely related to the superficially similar New World vultures and condors, do not share good sense of smell of some of the New World vultures.
Vultures seldom attack healthy animals, but may kill the wounded or sick.
Vultures are scavengers, typically feeding on the carcass of dead animals.
Pairing, bonding, protecting, and loving are essential attributes associated with the vulture.
The word Geier (taken from the German language) does not have a precise meaning in ornithology, and it is occasionally used to refer to a vulture in English, as in some poetry.
Farmers leave the dead animals out in the open, relying on vultures to tidy up.
Meloxicam (another NSAID) has been found to be harmless to vultures and should prove an acceptable alternative to diclofenac.
The New World vultures comprise seven species in five genera, including two species known as condors (the Andean condor, Vultur gryphus, and the California condor, Gymnogyps californianus).
A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of feathers.
The Old World vultures, found in Africa, Asia and Europe, belong to the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards, and hawks.
The Egyptians considered the vulture an excellent mother, and its wide wingspan was seen as all-encompassing and providing a protective cover to its infants.
The nasal passage is not divided by a septum (they are "perforate"), so from the side one can see through the beak, as in the Turkey Vulture (Allaby 1992).
The vulture population in India and Pakistan has declined by up to 95 percent recently in the past decade, and two or three of the species of vultures in South Asia are nearing extinction.
Oldenburg's "The Store" not only put forth the idea of the "art store," it also suggested the types of objects that, by 1965, would be created in abundance by other Pop artists.
A group of vultures is occasionally called a venue, and when circling in the air a group of vultures is called a kettle.
Diclofenac present in carcass flesh is eaten by the vultures, which are sensitive to diclofenac, suffering kidney failure, visceral gout, and death as a result of diclofenac poisoning.