November 11, 2013

Here's looking at you, kid.

When a vulture is staring at me I always think it is assessing my health.
Who needs doctors?

Scientific stuff
Cathartes aura
A turkey vulture's heightened ability to detect odours—it can detect just a few parts per trillion—allows it to find dead animals below a forest canopy.

The word vulture likely comes from the Latin vellere, which means to pluck or tear. Its scientific name, Cathartes aura, is far more pleasant. It means either “golden purifier” or “purifying breeze.”

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