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Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
In the desert southwest, you can often smell a buzzard.
The reason they are bald is so that, when they stick their whole head inside a rotting carcass, so that no bits of festering meat cling to the feathers that would normally be on a bird's head.
The birds often reek because of the bits of decaying carrion stuck to them. The flies are devout hangers-on.
Lovely, aren't they?
The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is North America’s largest terrestrial bird, weighing up to 22 pounds with a wingspan of nine and a half feet. It can reach altitudes of 15,000 and may fly 140 miles a day in search of the carrion on which it feeds. Read more about the new condor reintroduction site.