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(Science: ornithology) Any one of numerous species of rapacious birds belonging to Vultur, Cathartes, Catharista, and various other genera of the family Vulturidae.

In most of the species the head and neck are naked or nearly so. They feed chiefly on carrion. The condor, king vulture, turkey buzzard, and black vulture (Catharista atrata) are well known American species. The griffin, lammergeir, and Pharaoh's chicken, or egyptian vulture, are common old world vultures.

Origin: OE. Vultur, L. Vultur: cf. OF. Voltour, F. Vautour. Someone who attacks in search of booty.

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scavenger == decayed /rotten meat eater ?

... by microbes, so bacteria doing this will continue doing so until it's lost all nutrient or they're killed off and might be a good example. Some vultures (like the Turkey vulture) rely on strongly-smelling meat to attract them from hundreds of miles away, and the more rotton the meat the more ...

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by Babybel56
Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:54 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: scavenger == decayed /rotten meat eater ?
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Relation between Storks and New World Vultures

Hmm It is kinda hard to believe that, when you can look at a stork and vulture and analyze their physical characteristics, a person would most likely say "hey that new world vulture has got to be more closely related to an old world vulture than a stork." ...

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by Darwin420
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Relation between Storks and New World Vultures
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The Fiber Disease

I hate it when the elk eat all the apples. Doc44 When the peacock moults the vulture becomes visable. http://www.grinningplanet.com/2004/12-28/rainbow-vulture.gif

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by Doc44
Fri Jan 12, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
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yes they are

... that show up after a day or two. These would have nothing to do with prey capture and are an incidental side effect that would also occur from a vulture nip. Cheers Bryan

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by venomdoc
Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:44 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Are monitors venomous?
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detritivore and decomposer

ok, simpler terms, one turns it into poop, the other turns it into simpler organic compounds. For example detritivore=vulture decomposer=bacteria Feel free to update the definitions on our dictionary if you think it would help others understand, it's a wiki after all :)

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by mith
Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:25 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: detritivore and decomposer
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