Vultures are nature’s garbage men. They might not have the cleanest job, but without them, earth would get pretty stinky.
Vultures eat animals that have died in the wild. Without them, these animals would rot and smell.
Vultures have bodies made for this job. Their heads and necks are almost bare so they stay clean while feasting on rotten meat. Vultures also have strong immune systems so they don’t get sick. If you ate rotten meat, you’d probably get pretty sick, but vultures do just fine.
Fun Facts about Vultures for Kids
- Vultures have wide, strong wings. They can glide in the air for hours looking for a meal.
- Vultures eat as much as they can at one meal. They never know when the next meal will come.
- These big birds sometimes attack sick or dying animals.
- Vultures live in every part of the world except Australia and the Antarctica.
- Some vultures are endangered.
- Garbage: junk, leftovers
- Bare: open, free of feathers or fur
- Immune system: the system in the body that helps fend off disease
- Glide: float, move smoothly
- Endangered: in danger of becoming extinct
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Question: How do vultures eat their prey?
Answer: Vultures have sharp hooked beaks and talons. They can also use tools. Vultures sometimes drop eggs to break them or hit them against rocks.
Question: Why are vultures a symbol of death?
Answer: Vultures often appear when an animal is dying or dead. Egyptians and Native Americans used vultures in burial ceremonies.