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White-backed vultures feeding

White-backed vultures feeding

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DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) feeding on a carcass. Vultures use their long hooked beaks to tear through the skin of dead animals and rip off chunks of flesh. They have fewer feathers on their heads to prevent them from becoming coated in blood as they feed on the internal organs. Vultures live in open country, circling high above the ground as they search for corpses, such as those of large herd-forming mammals. Their digestive system enables them to eat decaying meat. Photographed in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

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