Who YOU looking at?
This handsome turkey vulture is brought to you courtesy of the famed photographer George Willis, whose incredible photos can be seen here -
Ever wonder why the vulture has a bald head? Meet the skinheads of the bird world. As you might know, vultures are carrion eaters - never killing their own food, but instead scavenging for dead animals on which to dine. Because they must at times insert their entire heads into the carcasses on which they feed, the residue that sticks to their head gets pretty foul. With no way to clean themselves, feathers on the head would be a very big nuisance indeed. So, they are stuck with that lovely leathery skin head. Their character is actually very shy, and they are meek, sensitive birds, very much misunderstood. Often associated with death, this is only because of their diet... some things can't be helped.