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Re: Huh (vultures & storks)
MARY . . .
Believe it or not, some modern taxonomists speculate that--based on
genetic studies--vultures are much more closely related to storks
than to hawks and eagles. They're only in the raptor section of bird
books because of convergent evolution; they superficially resemble
birds of prey with their hooked beaks and soaring wings.
BTW, my students and I once saw an Anhinga soaring with Black
Vultures and Turkey Vultures over the York County landfill--also a
strange sighting because it's so far inland.
P.S. Based on the relatedness of storks and vultures, maybe good
babies are brought by storks and bad babies are actually brought by
>I saw something this morning that caused me to take a double-take and then
>a triple-take etc, etc..... Maybe you can explain it to me.
>I saw several vultures and then the sun caught a 'white' bird with them.
>Being on the coast, I did my usual "it's just a gull" routine, but then I
>noticed long legs like a wading bird. I was ok with that, too, just
>assuming that it was flying past, as opposed to flying with the vultures.
>Then I realized it was flying with the vultures! I saw them circle
>numerous times together. This bird clearly appeared to be a Wood Stork
>with its black and white wings, long legs, long neck and beak. But how can
>this be. I'll admit that a stork's head is as ugly as a vulture's but what
>in the world do they have in common that they'd be soaring together???
> ( ) Mary Myers
> ^ ^ Charleston, SC
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