A Word With You: AASVOGEL

An AASVOGEL is a picturesque term (or rather a misspelling of the Afrikaans word) for  VULTURE – used in fiction books in the 1800s by such authors as Rider Haggard (The Days of My Life), John Buchan (The Island of Sheep) and Saki (The Collected Short Stories of Saki, aka Hector Hugh Munro) when telling stories taking place in South Africa.

A VULTURE is a bald-headed bird of prey that scavenges on CARCASSES.

Vultures from the Disney film, The Jungle Book (1967)

Vultures from the Disney film, The Jungle Book (1967)

CONDORS (both the Californian and the Andean varieties) are also VULTURES.

A group of VULTURES in flight is called a KETTLE, and on the ground is called a COMMITTEE. When they are eating, they are called a WAKE.

Californian Condor

Californian Condor

There are 2 TAXA of VULTURES.

Old World: 16 SPECIES  divided into 9 GENERA.

New World:  7 SPECIES.

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