Bacteria in the food source, pathogenic to other vertebrates, dominate the vulture's gut flora , and vultures benefit from the bacterial breakdown of carrion tissue. Some species of New World vulture have a good sense of smell, whereas Old World vultures find carcasses exclusively by sight.
A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head , devoid of feathers. The New World vultures comprise seven species in five genera. Of these, only Cathartes is not monotypic. Rather, they resemble Old World vultures because of convergent evolution. New World vultures were traditionally placed in a family of their own in the Falconiformes.
Thus some authorities placed them in the Ciconiiformes with storks and herons ; Sibley and Monroe even considered them a subfamily of the storks.
This was criticized,   and an early DNA sequence study  was based on erroneous data and subsequently retracted. However, recent multi-locus DNA studies on the evolutionary relationships between bird groups   indicate that New World vultures are related to the other birds of prey, excluding the Falconidae which are distantly related to other raptors, and are not close to storks.
In this analysis, the New World vultures should be part of a new order Accipitriformes instead,  or perhaps as part of an order Cathartiformes closely related to, but distinct from, other birds of prey besides falcons. The fossil history of the Cathartidae is complex, and many taxa that may possibly have been New World vultures have at some stage been treated as early representatives of the family.
It is clear that the Cathartidae had a much higher diversity in the Plio-Pleistocene , rivalling the current diversity of Old World vultures and their relatives in shapes, sizes, and ecological niches.
Extinct taxa are:. Plumage is predominantly black or brown, and is sometimes marked with white. All species have featherless heads and necks.
All New World vultures have long, broad wings and a stiff tail, suitable for soaring. Therefore, the voice is limited to infrequent grunts and hisses.
The beak is slightly hooked and is relatively weak compared with those of other birds of prey. New World vultures have the unusual habit of urohidrosis , or defecating on their legs to cool them evaporatively. As this behavior is also present in storks, it is one of the arguments for a close relationship between the two groups.
New World vultures are restricted to the western hemisphere. They can be found from southern Canada to South America. These species of birds are also occasionally seen in human settlements, perhaps emerging to feed upon the food sources provided from roadkills. New World vultures and condors do not build nests, but lay eggs on bare surfaces.
On average one to three eggs are laid, depending on the species. Like most birds the parents feed the young by regurgitation. All living species of New World vultures and condors are scavengers. Their diet is overwhelmingly composed of carrion , and they are commonly seen in carcasses. Other additions to the diet include fruit especially rotten fruit and garbage.
An unusual characteristic of the species in genus Cathartes is a highly developed sense of smell, which they use to find carrion. They locate carrion by detecting the scent of ethyl mercaptan , a gas produced by the bodies of decaying animals. The olfactory lobe of the brains in these species, which is responsible for processing smells, is particularly large compared to that of other animals. Vultures possess a very acidic digestive system and their gut is dominated by two species of anaerobic bacteria that help them withstand toxins they ingest when feeding on decaying prey.
Two anaerobic faecal bacteria groups that are pathogenic in other vertebrates stood out: Clostridia and Fusobacteria. It is assumed that vultures acquire them when they insert their heads into the body cavities of rotten meat.
The regularly ingested Clostridia and Fusobacteria outcompete other bacterial groups in the gut and become predominant. Genes that encode tissue-degrading enzymes and toxins that are associated with Clostridium perfringens have been found in the vulture gut metagenome.
This supports the hypothesis that vultures do benefit from the bacterial breakdown of carrion, while at the same time tolerating the bacterial toxins.
The California condor is critically endangered. It formerly ranged from Baja California to British Columbia, but by was restricted to California. As of October 31, there were birds in the wild.
This means that populations appear to remain stable, and they have not reached the threshold of inclusion as a threatened species, which requires a decline of more than 30 percent in ten years or three generations. The king vulture is also listed as Least Concern, although there is evidence of a decline in the population. The American black vulture and the king vulture appear in a variety of Maya hieroglyphs in Mayan codices. I love the fusing of Pink Floyd and sludge metal grooves on this album.
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