Old World vulture

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Old World vultures
Lappet-faced Vultures (left) and a White-backed Vulture
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Aegypiinae

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Old World vultures belong to the family Accipitridae. This family also includes eagles, buzzards, kites, and hawks.

Old World vultures are not closely related to New World vultures and condors. They do not share that group's good sense of smell.

Both Old World and New World vultures are scavenging birds. They feed mostly from carcasses of dead animals. Old World vultures find carcasses only by sight. Many vultures have a bald head, with no feathers. Because of how a vulture eats their head is spattered with blood and other fluids. They are able to keep clean by not having feathers on their head.

Species[change | change source]

Genus Aegypius

Genus Gypaetus

Genus Gypohierax

Genus Gyps

Genus Necrosyrtes

Genus Neophron

Genus Sarcogyps

Genus Torgos

Genus Trigonoceps