Vultures are weird. They like dead things. They don’t have any feathers on their heads. Despite filling mostly the same niche, their representatives in the Old and New World aren’t really that closely related. Plus they’re found just about everywhere. So let’s shed a little light on these most misunderstood members of the bird world.

The next I and the Bird will be all about VULTURES (and Condors), Please send your vulture posts and photos to naswick AT by the end of the day Tuesday, May 7 for publication on May 9. Please be sure to put “IATB” in the subject line!


Written by Nate
Nate Swick is a birder. He grew up in the midwest but currently makes his home in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are birders too. He has a soft spot for Piping Plovers and loves pelagics even when his stomach doesn’t, which makes him the quintessential Carolina birder. Nate is the editor of the ABA blog, host of the American Birding Podcast, and author of two books, Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.