31 May Vultures: Nature’s Clean-Up Crew
Posted at 12:33h in Birds
- Vultures are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.
- Vultures lay only one egg every year (sometimes not even one a year).
- A vulture can eat up to 1kg of meat in a single meal.
- In East Africa, vultures consume up to 70% of all available meat.
- Vultures are nature’s ultimate clean-up crew – they can strip a carcass in just a few hours, keeping the environment clean and disease-free.
- In many places around South Africa, people have set up vulture “restaurants” – feeding sites where carcasses are left out for vultures to dispose of carcasses and ensure that vultures have enough food.
- Vultures’ huge wingspans allow them to soar to amazing heights, which means that they can scour the earth below for any signs of a potential meal.
- The Lappet-Faced vulture has a wingspan of 2.9 metres.
- An amazing lung system utilises even the smallest amount of oxygen effectively to accommodate a vulture’s high-flying habits.
- Cape vultures and White-Backed vultures have unusual grooved and serrated tongues which allow them to get to soft flesh which they may not be able to access with their beaks.