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Vulture: Nature's Ghastly Gourmet

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Although veteran science writer Wayne Grady includes a discussion of the Old World vultures, Vulture focuses on the seven species of New World vultures, describing their mating, breeding and feeding habits as well as their bad breath and untidy nests. Some vultures rely on their exceptionally keen eyesight, whereas others have a highly developed sense of smell. All ...more
Hardcover, 110 pages
Published October 7th 1997 by Sierra Club Books for Children
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Sep 15, 2008 Steve Collins rated it really liked it
Shelves: natural-history
I found this book in a local used bookstore. It's an easy, quick and entertaining read. The most interesting part of the book is describing traditional "sky burials" of certain Buddists in Tibet and Parsees in India. There the dead are lifted to the top of temples and offered to the vultures.

The species accounts on Turkey and Black Vultures and the California Condor are larger than for other species, but I found the info on the Andean Condor and King Vulture enjoyable.
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This was quite an informative and quick read. I am a fan of any book related to animals and nature, but I didn't know much about vultures and condors in general... For beginners, this is a great book to start with. It focuses mainly in new world vultures, with brief comments about the old world ones, and brings up the history behind the Andean Condor and the Californian Condor conservation strategy. Recommended for anyone interested in these birds but know little information about them.
Oct 20, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
As this book states, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and this little book helped me to find these magnificent birdies beautiful.
Jun 17, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
"From the bald, scarlet-headed turkey vulture to the violently colored king vulture -- with its red-rimmed eyes, purple wattles and orange beak -- to the giant California condor, vultures have been reviled as hideous scavengers that feed greedily on rotting carcases. But vultures are magnificent birds in their own right and perform an important service by cleaning up the environment and preventing the spread of disease. Combining a fascinating and authoritative text with dramatic, full-color ...more
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Good overview and beautiful pictures. It's bit outdated, but many of the species status stuff still hold true.
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Wayne Grady is the award-winning author of Emancipation Day, a novel of denial and identity. He has also written such works of science and nature as The Bone Museum, Bringing Back the Dodo, The Quiet Limit of the World, and The Great Lakes, which won a National Outdoor Book Award in the U.S. With his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds, he co-authored Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through ...more
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