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Vulture

A vulture is a scavenging bird of prey. The two types of vultures are the New World vultures, including the Californian and Andean condors, and the Old World vultures, including the birds that are seen scavenging on carcasses of dead animals on African plains. Some traditional Old World vultures (including the bearded vulture) are not closely related to the others, which is why the vultures are to be subdivided into three taxa rather than two. New World vultures are found in North and South America; Old World vultures are found in Europe, Africa, and Asia, meaning that between the two groups, vultures are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

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The acid in a vulture's stomach is so strong that it can break down decaying meat before disease-causing bacteria infects the body. Vultures also use their stomach acid as a defense mechanism-- if threatened, they vomit the foul smelling acid on their attacker.

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