Is there a difference between a vulture and a buzzard?

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asked Jun 23 in Birds by Ameristands (950 points)
Is there a difference between a vulture and a buzzard?

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answered Jun 24 by 2021sucked (4,900 points)
While vultures and buzzards can be called the same thing there are differences between some vultures and buzzards.

Buzzards do not have bald heads, but vultures are prominent for their bald heads.

Buzzards have strong beaks and talons to enable them to kill their prey and feast on them.

Vultures on the other hand rarely kill their prey.

Therefore, their beaks are fairly weak.

A Black Vulture is a Buzzard.

The most widespread vulture in North America, the turkey vulture is locally called “buzzard” in many areas.

A turkey vulture standing on the ground can, at a distance, resemble a wild turkey.

It is unique among our vultures in that it finds carrion by smell as well as by sight.

The sound that a Black Vulture makes is a raspy, drawn-out hissing sound while feeding and fighting, along with grunting noises that can sound like hungry pigs or dogs barking in the distance.

Although Black Vultures and other Vultures are silent most of the time.

Animals that eat a vulture include lions, tigers, bears, any other wild cats snakes and even hawks.

With prey like African buffalo's weighing up to 2,000 pounds, this means lions can also gorge on large kills and feed a pride without leaving too many leftovers for hyenas and other scavengers like vultures.

Vultures do have predators which include hawks, wild cats and even snakes.

Vultures are pretty friendly to humans and also harmless to humans.

Vultures are harmless, despite the chilling role they play in stories and myths.

The vulture dines mostly on dead animals and have no incentive to attack humans.

In fact, vultures are beneficial for people because they are extremely efficient at removing human and animal waste from our towns, villages and roads.

A vulture is a bird of prey that scavenges on carrion.

There are 23 extant species of vulture.

Old World vultures include 16 living species native to Europe, Africa, and Asia; New World vultures are restricted to North and South America and consist of seven identified species, all belonging to the Cathartidae family.

In some regions, a vulture is a bird that symbolizes death and is seen as unclean.

A vulture flying is a sign of bad luck or even danger.

In Native American legends, the vulture meaning is a deceitful, aggressive character that bothers other birds.

Unlike the turkey vulture, black vultures are bolder and may prey on living animals from calves, lambs, piglets, and other small critters.

Black vultures are highly sociable with humans and they are very intelligent.

Many of the typical abatement techniques to scare off unwanted birds do not work with black vultures because they are smart enough to know that they will not be harmed by bright lights, noises, shining objects and so on.

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