8 things you prob­a­bly didn’t know about the black vul­ture

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1. Black Vul­tures will defe­cate on their legs and feet to cool them o .

2. Adults have sil­very patches on the un­der­side of their wingtips.

3. They feed mainly on car­rion and will some­times take food from land­fill sites.

4. They lay their eggs, which are pale green or blue, on the ground. The

young are cov­ered in yel­low­ish or pink­ish down, and have open eyes, when they hatch.

5. They don’t have a voice box, but some­times make raspy, hiss­ing sounds when feed­ing or ght­ing, yap­ping sounds while court­ing, and pi­geon-like coos when car­ing for their young.

6. They can be 68 cm (26 in.) in length and have a wing­span of up to 150 cm (59 in).

7. Tur­key vul­tures have a bet­ter sense of smell, so black vul­tures will some­times fol­low them to food.

8. The old­est known black vul­ture lived to be least 25 years and six months of age.

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