Feb 10, 2007

Slender-billed Rarity

Looking at this photo, I feel like I'm catching a glimpse of Nessie or Big Foot.

Sadly, I'm not far off. You're looking at the slender-billed vulture, native to Southeast Asia and India. This is one of the most endangered birds on the planet, with fewer than 10,000 estimated to be left in the wild.

Vultures have it rough (think California Condor). They feed on dead animals, and sometimes, whatever killed their meal also ends up killing them, especially if it's a poison.

Photo courtesy: Yahoo!

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