Vultures can’t catch or kill live prey because their feet are unable to grip as tightly as an eagle and their claws are often blunt. They will soar for many hours using rising thermals often covering hundreds of miles in search of carrion. They make use of their long neck and bald head for delving deep inside rotting carcasses. With a very powerful bill they will eat even the hide and bones of a carcass, gorging until they can barely fly.
John, our falconer is thrilled to announce the hatching of two Oriental White-backed Vultures at a conservation breeding centre that we support, near Lahore in Pakistan. We and all the partners supporting the International Vulture Programme are heartened by this news. Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats. […]