Old World vulture facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsOld World vultures
|Lappet-faced Vultures (left) and a White-backed Vulture|
Aegypiinae and Gypaetinae
Both Old World and New World vultures are scavenging birds. They feed mostly from carcasses of dead animals. Old World vultures find carcasses only by sight. Many vultures have a bald head, with no feathers or short down feathers. Because of how a vulture eats, their head is spattered with blood and other fluids. They are able to keep clean by not having long feathers on their head.
There are two groups of Old World vultures. The first group has the Egyptian vulture, bearded vulture, and palm-nut vulture. Some scientists put this group into a separate subfamily called "Gypaetinae", which means "eagle-vultures". It is related to the group of bazas, honey-buzzards and cuckoo-hawks, which are much smaller birds. The second group has all the other species. It is related to the booted eagles, which is a group of eagles that have feathers on their legs down to their toes.
The palm-nut vulture is unusual, because it feeds mainly on the fruit of the oil palm.
|Subfamily||Genus||Common and binomial names||Image||Range|
|High mountains in southern Europe, the Caucasus, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Tibet|
|Forest and savannah across sub-Saharan Africa|
|Southwestern Europe and northern Africa to India|
|Southwestern and central Europe, Turkey, the central Middle East, northern India, central and east Asia|
|†Aegypius jinniushanensis||Formerly China|
|†Aegypius prepyrenaicus||Formerly Spain|
|Mountains in southern Europe, north Africa and Asia|
|Northern and central India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and southeast Asia|
|The Sahel region of central Africa|
|Central and peninsular India|
|The Sub-Himalayan regions of India and into Southeast Asia|
|The Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau|
|Savannahs of west and east Africa|
|The Indian Subcontinent, with small disjunct populations in Southeast Asia|
|Sub-Saharan Africa, the Sinai and Negev deserts and north-west Saudi Arabia|
† = extinct
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