Vultures of the World

Changing gears to create a portrait of each vulture species of the Old and New World. Below are the finished ones as of end-September 2019.
 

Below: portrait of a cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus). The greek Claudius Aelianus c. 175 – c. 235 AD, author and teacher, describes the aegypius as “halfway between a vulture (gyps) and an eagle”. Living in much of Eurasia, it is one of the world’s heaviest flying birds. Its conservation status is “near threatened” in part due to poisoning by eating poisoned bait put out to kill dogs and other predators, and trapping and hunting in China and Russia.

 

This is the Bearded vulture Gypaetus barbatus. I suppose people will like this vulture the best because it has feathers on its head.

 

Below is the Andean condor Vultur gryphus, the largest flying bird in the world. It is also one of the world’s longest-living birds, with a lifespan of over 70 years in some cases. Their conservation status is near threatened, because of habitat loss and by secondary poisoning from carcasses killed by hunters.
Read more information in Wikipedia.

 

Below is the California condor Gymnogyps californianus, the largest North American land bird. Critically Endangered. This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured), and the species has since been reintroduced into the wild beginning in 1991. Since then its population has grown, but it still remains one of the world’s rarest bird species. As of 2017 there were only 463 California condors living wild or in captivity. Also one of the world’s longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 60 years.
Read more information in Wikipedia.

 

Below is the Turkey vulture Cathartes aura and the Black vulture Coragyps atratus, both of the New World.

The Turkey vulture is the most widespread of the New World vultures. Its conservation status is of least concern, but receives legal protection in the U.S. The turkey vulture forages by smell, an ability that is uncommon in the avian world.
Learn more about them in Wikipedia.

 

The Black vulture (below) is a large bird though relatively small for a vulture. It finds its meals either by using its keen eyesight or by following other (New World) vultures, which possess a keen sense of smell. Its conservation status is of least concern, but receives legal protection in the U.S.
Learn more about them in Wikipedia.

 

My Vulture Nature Journal Pages

After arriving in the Netherlands, I started out creating a nature journal focusing on both the birds around me on the water (See them on my Birds at Reitdiephaven Natural Journal page.) and species of vultures. But since I’m actually running a business, I decided that unfortunately, the nature journal entries needed to stop temporarily. Instead I need to focus on selling illustrations and photography, or even using my art for fundraising for endangered species. I’m currently making connections to different groups around the world, with particular inroads in Africa.


 


 
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