And these you shall regard as an abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard, (Leviticus 11:13 NKJV)
The Bible list Vulture or Vultures in 5 – 11 different verses (depending on version)
There are sixteen (16) Vultures in the Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks and Eagles Family. These are the “Old World” Vultures (found in Asia, Africa and Europe). When the Bible mentions a Vulture, it would have be one of these, most likely.
There are seven (7) “New World” Vultures (found in the Americas) that belong to the Cathartidae – New World Vultures Family.
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Sometime Vultures are called Buzzards and sometimes Buzzards are called Vultures. They are similar, and in the same family. New World vultures (found in the Americas) and Old World vultures aren’t actually closely related. Buzzards are also mentioned in the Bible. See Bible Birds – Buzzard
Generally large birds with hooked bill; strong, heavy feet, and long, curved nails; wings large; tail rather long, usually square.
From various internet Amazing Bird Facts:
- New World vultures and Old World vultures aren’t actually closely related.
- Slowest Wingbeat of any bird: vultures at 1/sec
- Highest flying bird: Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture at 11,274 m (7 mi) or 37,000 ft, at this height human beings would die from lack of air. It flew into a plane.
- New World vultures may be more closely related to storks than to other raptors.
- 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.
- It is a myth that vultures will circle dying animals waiting to feed.
- The Andean condor, found in South America, has the largest wingspan of any vulture in the world, with a spread of 10-11 feet when the bird extends its wings.
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