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thejunglenook:

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Turkey vulture at the Sharon Audubon Center
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So unless we grossly misinterpreted this guy’s behavior (and if we did, please let me know) he simply decided he liked us and gave us a fantastic display. Both before and after this, his behavior was non-threatening and non-aggressive. He really did seem like he just wanted to make friends.
So. Freaking. Cute.

The speaker at 0:15 is on the right track here. 
This spread winged posture, also called ‘sunning’, is observed in a number of soaring bird species. At least some of the functionality of this behavior lies in thermoregulation and drying damp feathers (from weather, overnight temperature drops, etc) prior to flight. If this was an aggressive / threatening behavior you have wing beats, vocalizations, and a whole impressive display…. not the calm, relaxed behavior you see here. 
If you’d like to read more about this awesome natural behavior, check out the sources below! 
Sincerely,
Your friendly neighborhood Ethologist



Additional References:

  • Arad, Zeev, and Marvin H. Bernstein. “Temperature regulation in turkey vultures.Condor (1988): 913-919. (x)
  • Cade, Tom J. “Sun-bathing as a thermoregulatory aid in birds.Condor 75 (1973): 106-108. (x)
  • Clark, Robert G., and Robert D. Ohmart. “Spread-winged posture of Turkey Vultures: Single or multiple function?.” Condor (1985): 350-355. (x)
  • Clark, George A. “Spread-wing postures in Pelecaniformes, Ciconiiformes, and Falconiformes.” The Auk (1969): 136-139.(x)

Filed under oh my god you replied with a scientific explanation and you cited and liked sources ?!?!? i think I might be a little in love ethology animal behavior turkey vulture birds

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unconventionally-adorable:

Turkey vulture at the Sharon Audubon Center
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So unless we grossly misinterpreted this guy’s behavior (and if we did, please let me know) he simply decided he liked us and gave us a fantastic display. Both before and after this, his behavior was non-threatening and non-aggressive. He really did seem like he just wanted to make friends.
So. Freaking. Cute.

HERE’S THE VIDEO.

Filed under birds turkey vulture animal behavior sometimes I get to witness really incredible things

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SO WE VISITED THE SHARON AUDOBON CENTER AND MET A VERY FUNNY AND CLEVER RAVEN AND THE CUTEST FRIENDLIEST TURKEY VULTURE. THE RAVEN WAS GORGEOUS AND THE VULTURE WAS UGLY BUT SO ADORABLE.
(These are terrible pictures; they were much more majestic in person.)

SO NO ONE ON MY SIDE BLOG IS AS EXCITED ABOUT THIS AS I AM,SO I’M GONNA SHARE IT WITH MORE PEOPLE HERE.
Also, it occurs to me that I didn’t explain myself well. These two birds at the center (among about a dozen others) were really friendly and genuinely happy about interacting with us. Fyi: the birds at the center were ones that were brought to the rehab facility, but for whatever reason, could not be released afterward.
(Also, I have no idea what the actual sex of these birds was, but I realized part way through I was referring to them as “he”, so I sorta went with it.)
The raven showed off, hopping around his cage pulling grapes out of a whole bunch of little hiding places, talking and pulling his bell toy to first get our attention.
The turkey vulture was really amiable, coming up to the edge of his cage and walking around and very clearly non-verbally interacting with us (in a non-threatening/non-threatened way). He was really chill and just excited to have guests. He played with some twigs (as did the raven) and then did something incredible. He spontaneously decided to display for us. I don’t want to spoil it with a less-than-adequate description, so I’ll post the video. It was so awesome.
Both of them got jealous when we were paying attention to the other, but seemed to actually be friends. At one point the raven made a point of moving so that he could sit on a perch next to where the vulture was sitting, separated by the wall/fence between their enclosures, and vocalizing (and the vulture seemed to be comfortable in the raven’s presence as well). Like I said, cute.

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My biology text describing Ulva, a multicellular green algae:
“Often pieces are broken and washed onto the shore whiter they lie limp as a wet facial tissue, rapidly loosing their chlorophyll pigments as they dry.”
So, Ulva = snot-filled tissues
Isn’t nature beautiful.

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So, the queue is a little low (read: non-existent) and I’ll be a bit busy with Passover. Please excuse the lull in the interim. In the meantime, happy Passover/spring break/week/whatever.

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k0ratta:

ALRIGHT LISTEN UP TUMBLR

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SEE THIS BIRD HERE?

this bird is a new caledonian crow

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AND this “bird brain” may be the most intelligent animal on earth.

oh what’s that you say? what about the other intelligent animals?

Dolphins? naw

Great apes? take a back seat

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