Vultures are obligatory scavengers that feed only on dead meat. There is no other species in the animal world that have evolved for scavenging like vultures have. Any animal can eat only 5% of its body weight in one sitting but vultures can eat almost as much as their body weight in a single sitting which serves as their food for days. This is because food is never assured for scavengers. Vultures are also social birds. They cannot live alone. They can only live with a flock. This makes it easy for them to look for food. Vultures are also highly mobile. They can fly very fast. They start to fly and go up to the thermals i.e. the zone of warm air high above the earth’s surface. Once they are on the thermals they can fly very fast and can go upto 100 km/hr, travelling large distances within minutes. While they fly on the thermals they keep looking at each other as well as keep looking down for food. Because it is difficult to clearly see from such a height, the vultures also keep looking for other scavengers to identify probable food location from the other scavengers’s movements. Once they see any other scavengers circling around at a single spot, one of the vulture comes down a bit and investigates. If it confirms the availability of a carcass, it does not come down immediately but rather starts taking circles in the opposite direction, thereby indicating the other vultures about the presence of food.
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Hi! My name is Aali Pant and I hail from one of the hilly state of India. If you think my name is a peculiar one, then probably I have met you in some form or another. https://aalipant.com/2019/08/31/whats-in-spoiling-a-name/. I have always been inclined toward writing and reading. Back in school when I was in 9th grade, I wrote a poem for the local newspaper. It was for the first time that I publicized my skill. Once it got published I got a lot of recognition from my friends, family, and school authorities. That gave me the push to write further. Later I did my Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering, followed by Masters in Geotechnical Engineering, and eventually, I now hold a Ph.D. Having been associated with academia allowed me to be a voracious reader as well as writer, though most of it was technical reading and writing. I felt disconnected from my innate habit and love for writing about random things like philosophy, comedy, experiences, and reviews. Thus, it was only in 2019 that I decided to try being a regular writer and make a blog of my own. I started writing every weekend from then. WEEKEND BLOGBUSTER, as one of my colleague used to call them. Since then I try posting regularly, even if not every weekend but at least once in a month I make sure I do what I like most, and that's writing for my blog. Lastly, I would like to share the poem I wrote in my 9th grade that gave wind to the spark within me. It is in Hindi so maybe not everyone can understand it, unless you would want me or Google to translate the same. हार नहीं मानूंगी अकेली चली थी अकेली चलूंगी, ज़िन्दगी की राह में मैं कभी ना हारूंगी। आ जाएं चाहे कितनी भी बाधाएं, किन्तु जीत हर क्षण मुझे बुलाये। चाहे कितना भी विष मिले मुझे, मैं एक दिन अमृत का पान अवश्य करुँगी। माना की हर दिन के बाद रात है, किन्तु हर सुबह क साथ सुनहरी धूप भी तो साथ है। माना की प्रत्येक व्यक्ति प्रतिभाशाली नहीं, किन्तु वह केवल अवगुणो से अभिशप्त भी तो नही। काले बादलों में ही मोर नाचता है, और एक उल्लू है जो की सुनहरी धूप को भी नहीं देख पाता ह। मैं तो काले बादलों में छुपे सूरज को निकालूँगी खोज, क्यूंकि बादल तो नहीं, किन्तू सूरज होता है हर रोज। View all posts by Aali Pant