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CARRION-EATING BIRDS

The majority of birds rely on insects for at least part of their diets. Insectivorous birds can get most of their water needs from their prey.

American Crow

scavenging dead fish

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American Crow      Corvus brachyrhynchos
USA; California, San Francisco

Black Vulture

scavenging carcass of dead Raccoon

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Black Vulture      Coragyps atratus
USA; Florida, Everglades National Park, Monroe Co.

Black Vulture

foraging on dead sea-turtle, bill in eye socket

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Black Vulture      Coragyps atratus

Black Vulture

eating dead alligator

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Black Vulture      Coragyps atratus
USA; Florida, Everglades National Park, Monroe Co.

Common Raven

four individuals on dead cow

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Common Raven      Corvus corax

Fish Crow

next to large dead fish

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Fish Crow      Corvus ossifragus
USA; Florida, Merritt Is. NWR, Brevard Co.

Golden Eagle

2 fighting over dead deer; 1 flying toward deer, one standing on it

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Golden Eagle      Aquila chrysaetos

Griffon Vulture

3 adults at dead deer

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Griffon Vulture      Gyps fulvus

Himalayan Vulture

two vultures feeding on a dead cow

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Himalayan Vulture      Gyps himalayensis
China, Yunnan, Napahai

Hooded Vulture

at dead steer

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Hooded Vulture      Necrosyrtes monachus

Lappet-faced Vulture

feeding on dead Zebra

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Lappet-faced Vulture      Torgos tracheliotus

Ruppell's Vulture

on dead Hippo in river

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Ruppell's Vulture      Gyps rueppellii
Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve

Slaty-backed Gull

four gulls on dead whale, with 25 Northern Fulmars

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Slaty-backed Gull      Larus schistisagus
Russia, Bering Sea

Snowy Sheathbill

feeding on dead bird

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Snowy Sheathbill      Chionis alba
Falkland Is., Bleaker Is.

South Polar Skua

eating dead Emperor Penguin

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South Polar Skua      Stercorarius maccormicki

Southern Giant-Petrel

eating carrion

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Southern Giant-Petrel      Macronectes giganteus
South Shetland Island, Hannah Point, Livingston Is.

Southern Giant-Petrel

with dead penguin

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Southern Giant-Petrel      Macronectes giganteus

Striated Caracara

eating dead Gentoo Penguin

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Striated Caracara      Phalcoboenus australis
Falkland Is., Falkland Islands

Turkey Vulture

eating dead fish

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Turkey Vulture      Cathartes aura

Yellow-footed Gull

first basic (winter) plumage, scavenging dead fish

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Yellow-footed Gull      Larus livens
Mexico; Baja Sur, La Paz Ceryle rudis Republic of South Africa, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga Prov.

Pigeon Guillemot

Flying over water with fish in its mouth

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Pigeon Guillemot      Cepphus columba
Canada; British Columbia, Victoria

Red-throated Loon

Adult with fish

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Red-throated Loon      Gavia stellata
Finland, Vaala

Ruddy Turnstone

feeding on fish head

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Ruddy Turnstone      Arenaria interpres
USA; Texas, High Island

Snowy Egret

baitfish in bill

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Snowy Egret      Egretta thula
USA; Florida, Sanibel Island, Lee Co.

Tufted Puffin

head-shot, beak full of fish

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Tufted Puffin      Fratercula cirrhata
USA; Alaska, St. Paul Is, Pribilof Islands

Turkey Vulture

with fish

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Turkey Vulture      Cathartes aura
USA; Florida, Fort Myers, Lee Co.

Western Reef-Heron

with brown eel catfish, Plotusus limbatus in bill

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Western Reef-Heron      Egretta gularis
Oman, Dhofar