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Vulture Maze

Vulture Maze

Vulture Maze

Vultures eat dead animals and prefer fresh meat. They are large birds, with an ungainly walk and elegant flight. New World and Old World vultures are slightly different birds; they evolved independently to fill the same biological niche. There are 23 vulture species.

  • Old World vultures are closely related to raptors; New World vultures have more in common with storks.

  • Vultures are bald and have featherless legs, so they can stay clean while eating a messy meal.

  • While many birds cannot smell anything, vultures can smell their next meal from a mile away, and so they are able to find things completely hidden from view.

  • Vultures’ stomach acid is extremely powerful and it helps protect them from bacteria found in decaying meat.

  • By eating meat other animals avoid, vultures play an important role in the environment.

  • The largest vulture, the Andean condor, has a wingspan of 10 – 11 feet.

  • The hooded vulture lives south of the Sahara Desert in Africa and has a wingspan of about 5 feet. It is the smallest vulture.

  • The oldest known living vulture is a turkey vulture living at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in California; he turned 40 in 2014.

  • A group of vultures feeding is called a wake; while in flight they are called a kettle.

  • Vultures may fly over a hundred miles a day looking for food.

  • Some vultures make yearly migrations of over 2500 miles; others live in the same location year-round.

You can see the solution to the vulture maze here.

Download a PDF of the Vulture maze here!

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The original artwork was drawn by Rob Hughes with archival inks on 7″ x 10″ Canson mix media acid-free archival paper.

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