I watch a lot of old Westerns and you can always count on the scene where the vultures are circling above the guy that was left in the desert to die just before being rescued (sometimes).
As we follow the path of these majestic scavengers of the sky we learned the term “Condor” belongs in two distinct bird species but are both referred to as “New World” vultures
Note: As we follow the path of these majestic scavengers of the sky we learned the term “Condor” belongs in two distinct bird species but are both referred to as “New World” vultures.
Amanda V.- CA condors actually seek out and preferentially eat the bits of lead shot left in a carcass, because in the natural world, those would be bone bits and provide them necessary calcium.
This is why so many have succumbed to lead poisoning. And when a mate dies, they will find another mate, if there is another viable adult around.
But much like parrots, they do have to have a good personality match- they will not just go with anyone. NW Vultures are highly intelligent as well (another similarity with parrots, although they have very different social systems).
1 pair Shoe billed stork for each $15000
Although it has a somewhat stork-like overall form and has previously been classified in the order Ciconiiformes, its true affiliations with other living birds is ambiguous.