Are buzzards territorial?

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Are buzzards territorial?

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answered Jun 25 by Medlock12334 (6,060 points)
Buzzards are territorial as well as highly aggressive.

Buzzards do have predators which include eagles, wildcats, and foxes.

If a buzzard is hungry enough then they may take a chicken although buzzards rarely prey on chickens.

Vultures more often prey on chickens than buzzards though.

Buzzards sometimes gather on the ground together as a way to alert each other of food and sometimes as a way to gather to sleep.

Once a buzzard locates its food, it circles to see if it is safe and then drops down to eat.

One buzzard's dropping down becomes a signal to other buzzards in the area who come over, circle and join in the feast.

A group of buzzards is called a wake and also a flock of buzzards.

Buzzards do eat live animals and unlike vultures buzzards prefer to eat living animals although they will also eat dead animals.

Buzzards will sometimes hang out in groups.

Unlike many raptors, vultures are relatively social and often feed, fly, or roost in large flocks.

A group of vultures is called a committee, venue, or volt.

In flight, a flock of vultures is a kettle, and when the birds are feeding together at a carcass, the group is called a wake.

Buzzards have the ability to smell things up to a mile away.

Scavengers, buzzards wheel in graceful circles as they ride wind currents searching for food.

Their favorite food is fresh carrion, but they'll eat an older carcass if food is scarce and it hasn't putrefied.

The birds' keen sense of smell enables them to pick up airborne chemicals that signal an animal has died.

A flock of buzzards which are also called vultures is called a wake or a kettle.

A gathering of vultures is called a “wake”, “kettle”, “committee” or, just generally, a “flock”.

An important note when naming groups of things is that it's often done more for amusement than an actual purpose.

When it comes to birds as a whole, flock is the general term.

When a vulture visits you it can sometimes mean death in the family and can also mean harmony, cleansing and purity as well.

When a vulture crosses your path, remember to stay adaptable and resourceful, even if the situation appears bleak!

You can overcome it with a little ingenuity.

Vultures do often eat live animals when they are hungry enough although most often vultures will look for and feed on dead animals.

Still some vultures will eat chickens and other live animals that they come across.

Vultures do sometimes come out at night but most often vultures are active during the day and roost at night.

Vultures seen in the evening hours have probably arrived in the area that day and are preparing to roost for the night.

Groups of vultures spiraling upward to gain altitude are called "kettles"

Turkey Buzzards and Vultures are the same thing.

In the United States, when someone refers to a buzzard, it means a turkey vulture, a member of the New World vultures.

Elsewhere in the world, a buzzard is in the same family as Old World vultures – Accipitridae – in the Buteo genus.

In North America, the Buteo genus refers to hawks or buzzard hawks.

The difference between a condor and a vulture is that the condor is a larger type of vulture.

Condors are just a specification of two specific types of New World vultures, the Andean and California condor.

Vultures do poop although vultures don't poop out an anus like humans and dogs do.

In birds its called a cloaca, or vent.

Its not correct to call it a anus or butt, in birds its serves more then one purpose.

During the hot weather, turkey vultures will defecate on their feet to cool them off.

Since a vulture's digestive juices kill bacteria--which is why vultures don't get sick from eating rotten meat--defecating on their legs might even work as an antiseptic wash.

Vultures lay between 1 to 3 eggs at a time.

A female black vulture lays one to three eggs, but two is the average and more common clutch size.

A breeding pair may inspect a nest site for weeks, ensuring it is free from predators and disturbances before the female lays an egg.

Vultures sleep in places such as caves, hollow trees, abandoned buildings, brush piles, thickets, and stumps.

Turkey Vultures do not build nests, but rather lay their eggs in dark recesses in ledges, caves, crevices, and hollow logs, as well as on the ground.

Turkey Vultures also nest in the abandoned stick nests of birds, in mammal burrows, and in abandoned buildings.

Vultures sit on houses as a way to look for dead animals, meats etc that they want to eat.

Usually when a vulture is sitting on a house it means that something dead is nearby or about to die such as an animal.

Some ways to get rid of black vultures are to use loud noises, air horns, motion activated water sprinklers, spraying the black vulture with a garden hose etc.

If you have ever wondered, “why are vultures hanging around my house?” check your surroundings for any dead animal carcasses.

Turkey vultures are carrion eaters.

They look for freshly killed animals–usually, leftovers from another predator–and have a feast.

When you see a black vulture it means a sign of change, omen and even death.

The vulture symbolism is linked to death, rebirth, equalizing, perception, trust, seriousness, resourcefulness, intelligence, cleanliness, and protection.

In western cultures, black is usually associated with death.

But remember, in a spiritual sense, death represents transformation.

It's also believed that black is a color that can absorb negative energies.

Seeing a black vulture means and is a sign of an omen and change.

Black Vultures are pretty rare and are to see as they are also pretty wary and shy birds.

In western cultures, black is usually associated with death.

But remember, in a spiritual sense, death represents transformation.

It's also believed that black is a color that can absorb negative energies.

Seeing a black vulture can therefore be an omen of change.

Vultures can fly and most often vultures when in the air will glide through the air.

Vultures are powerful fliers and soar on thermals (columns of rising air) while they look for food, but they cannot sense when an animal is dying.

Turkey Vultures are majestic but unsteady soarers.

Their teetering flight with very few wingbeats is characteristic.

Look for them gliding relatively low to the ground, sniffing for carrion, or else riding thermals up to higher vantage points.

They may soar in small groups and roost in larger numbers.

Vultures have the ability to smell death and smell things up to a mile away.

Vultures can smell death up to a mile away.

Vultures know when something is dying or when something is dead through smell since vultures can smell death or dead animals from at least a mile away as vultures have a very good sense of smell.

Turkey Vultures use their sense of smell to find carrion.

Other vultures, like the Black Vulture, rely upon their vision to find food, often locating carrion by watching where other vultures go.

The difference between buzzards and vultures is that the majority of vultures are larger than buzzards.

While buzzards have wide and capable wings, and their feet in particular are very different from vulture feet.

Although vultures are also considered buzzards.

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.

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