Vultures have several adaptations to serve as such efficient cleansers of nature. Unwanted pieces of rotten meat and bacteria that would otherwise adhere to a feathered head are discarded easily owing to their bald heads. Their gastric enzymes are very strong and potent, helping them digest rotting meat. The sharply curved bill pierces through the toughest of hides, allowing them access to the meat on the carrion. Vultures posses exceptional eyesight and the Turkey Vulture also has a well-developed sense of smell.
Today is the International Vulture Awareness Day.This work by Rohan Chakravarty is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.