[ExI] vultures sneeze
spike66 at att.net
Sat Jan 17 17:20:02 UTC 2015
Well, I'll be damn. No, the subject line isn't the name of the new hip hop
group. I have been watching birds and wildlife for half a century and today
I saw something completely new and unexpected: vultures sneeze.
I have heard that chirping in birds might have some other purpose besides
intra-species communication; clearing of the airways analogous to mammal's
sneezing. But that wouldn't apply to non-chirpers such as carnivorous birds
Vultures are difficult to observe beasts; they don't like people much. A
vulture had a snake in my neighbor's backyard this morning. As he was
devouring his snake he did something that looks exactly like a mammalian
sneeze: with the side-to-side head shaking immediately after the discharge,
a little like what dogs, cats and humans sometimes do.
I went for my video camera and made a bunch of video, but none of it is
particularly YouTube-able. That sneeze would have been, but he didn't
repeat the behavior.
Conclusion: at least one example of a species of carnivorous bird sneezes.
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