Sunday, June 28, 2020

Turkey Vulture

A turkey vulture showing off its good side.
The other side is pretty much the same. Notice how you can see right through the nose. It has no septum! The big nostrils plus a big olfactory lobe contribute to the turkey vulture's good sense of smell, which is uncommon among birds; it helps them locate the carrion they eat. Click to enlarge.
Grooming a feather. Keeping clean.
The red featherless face might not look great to us, but it makes it easier to clean up after sticking one's head inside carrion.
The turkey vulture. Well designed.

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