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A '''vulture''' is a [[scavenger]] well-known for the eating of [[carrion]]. It is considered unclean by the [[Jew]]s.
 
A '''vulture''' is a [[scavenger]] well-known for the eating of [[carrion]]. It is considered unclean by the [[Jew]]s.
  
[[Category:Birds]]
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==Species==
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===New World vultures===
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Found in the Americas, these birds are characterized from Old World vultures by a reliance on scent to find a carcass.  Five genera, seven species:
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*Genus ''Cathartes''
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::[[Lesser yellow-headed vulture]], ''Cathartes burrovianus''
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::[[Greater yellow-headed vulture]], ''Cathartes melambrotus''
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::[[Turkey vulture]], ''Cathartes aura''
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*Genus ''Coragyps''
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::[[Black vulture]], ''Coragyps atratus''
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*Genus ''Gymnogyps''
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::[[California condor]], ''Gymnogyps californianus''
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*Genus ''Sarcoramphus''
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::[[King vulture]], ''Sarcoramphus papa''
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*Genus ''Gymnogyps''
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::[[Andean condor]], ''Vultur gryphus''
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===Old World vultures===
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Found in Europe, Africa, and Asia, these birds rely on sight to find carrion; they are further characterized from New World vultures by the presence of a feathered neck and head in most species.  Nine genera, sixteen species:
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*Genus ''Aegypius''
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::[[Eurasian black vulture]], ''Aegypius monachus''
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*Genus ''Gypaetus''
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::[[Lammergeier]], ''Gypaetus barbatus''
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*Genus ''Gypohierax''
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::[[Palm-nut vulture]], ''Gypohierax angolensis''
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*Genus ''Gyps''
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::[[Cape griffon vulture]], ''Gyps coprotheres''
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::[[Griffon vulture]], ''Gyps fulvus''
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::[[Himalayan griffon vulture]], ''Gyps himalayensis''
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::[[Long-billed vulture]], ''Gyps indicus''
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::[[Ruppel's vulture]], ''Gyps rueppelli''
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::[[Slender-billed vulture]], ''Gyps tenuirostris''
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::[[White-backed vulture]], ''Gyps africanus''
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::[[Indian white-rumped vulture]], ''Gyps bengalensis''
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*Genus ''Necrosyrtes'''
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::[[Hooded vulture]], ''Necrosyrtes monachus''
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*Genus ''Neophron'''
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::[[Egyptian vulture]], ''Neophron percnopterus''
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*Genus ''Sarcogyps'''
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::[[Red-headed vulture]], ''Sarcogyps calvus''
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*Genus ''Torgos'''
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::[[Lappet-faced vulture]], ''Torgos tracheliotus''
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*Genus ''Trigonoceps'''
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::[[White-headed vulture]], ''Trigonoceps occipitalis''
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[[Category:Birds of Prey]]

Revision as of 21:21, 29 December 2012

Turkey vultures and black vultures

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A vulture is a scavenger well-known for the eating of carrion. It is considered unclean by the Jews.


Species

New World vultures

Found in the Americas, these birds are characterized from Old World vultures by a reliance on scent to find a carcass. Five genera, seven species:

  • Genus Cathartes
Lesser yellow-headed vulture, Cathartes burrovianus
Greater yellow-headed vulture, Cathartes melambrotus
Turkey vulture, Cathartes aura
  • Genus Coragyps
Black vulture, Coragyps atratus
  • Genus Gymnogyps
California condor, Gymnogyps californianus
  • Genus Sarcoramphus
King vulture, Sarcoramphus papa
  • Genus Gymnogyps
Andean condor, Vultur gryphus

Old World vultures

Found in Europe, Africa, and Asia, these birds rely on sight to find carrion; they are further characterized from New World vultures by the presence of a feathered neck and head in most species. Nine genera, sixteen species:

  • Genus Aegypius
Eurasian black vulture, Aegypius monachus
  • Genus Gypaetus
Lammergeier, Gypaetus barbatus
  • Genus Gypohierax
Palm-nut vulture, Gypohierax angolensis
  • Genus Gyps
Cape griffon vulture, Gyps coprotheres
Griffon vulture, Gyps fulvus
Himalayan griffon vulture, Gyps himalayensis
Long-billed vulture, Gyps indicus
Ruppel's vulture, Gyps rueppelli
Slender-billed vulture, Gyps tenuirostris
White-backed vulture, Gyps africanus
Indian white-rumped vulture, Gyps bengalensis
  • Genus Necrosyrtes'
Hooded vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus
  • Genus Neophron'
Egyptian vulture, Neophron percnopterus
  • Genus Sarcogyps'
Red-headed vulture, Sarcogyps calvus
  • Genus Torgos'
Lappet-faced vulture, Torgos tracheliotus
  • Genus Trigonoceps'
White-headed vulture, Trigonoceps occipitalis