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The Resource Vulture : the private life of an unloved bird, Katie Fallon

Vulture : the private life of an unloved bird, Katie Fallon

Label
Vulture : the private life of an unloved bird
Title
Vulture
Title remainder
the private life of an unloved bird
Statement of responsibility
Katie Fallon
Title variation
Vulture
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Turkey vultures, the most widely distributed and abundant scavenging birds of prey on the planet, are found from central Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, and nearly everywhere in between. In the United States we sometimes call them buzzards; in parts of Mexico the name is aura cabecirroja, in Uruguay jote cabeza colorada, and in Ecuador gallinazo aura. A huge bird, the turkey vulture is a familiar sight from culture to culture, in both hemispheres. But despite being ubiquitous and recognizable, the turkey vulture has never had a book of literary nonfiction devoted to it - until Vulture. Floating on six-foot wings, turkey vultures use their keen senses of smell and sight to locate carrion. Unlike their cousin the black vulture, turkey vultures do not kill weak or dying animals; instead, they cleanse, purify, and renew the environment by clearing it of decaying carcasses, thus slowing the spread of such dangerous pathogens as anthrax, rabies, and botulism. The beauty, grace, and important role of these birds in the ecosystem notwithstanding, turkey vultures are maligned and underappreciated; they have been accused of spreading disease and killing livestock, neither of which has ever been substantiated. Although turkey vultures are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes harming them a federal offense, the birds still face persecution. They've been killed because of their looks, their odor, and their presence in proximity to humans. Even the federal government occasionally sanctions "roost dispersals," which involve the harassment and sometimes the murder of communally roosting vultures during the cold winter months. Vulture follows a year in the life of a typical North American turkey vulture. By incorporating information from scientific papers and articles, as well as interviews with world-renowned raptor and vulture experts, author Katie Fallon examines all aspects of the bird's natural history: breeding, incubating eggs, raising chicks, migrating, and roosting. After reading this book you will never look at a vulture in the same way again
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
598.9/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QL696.C53
LC item number
F35 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Vulture : the private life of an unloved bird, Katie Fallon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-222) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the spokesbird -- Vulture culture -- The private lives of public birds -- Rockshelter -- Wings and prayers -- Rebirth -- Hill of the sacred eagles -- On the move -- Virginia is for vultures -- Battlefield ghosts -- Welcome back, buzzards -- Epilogue : spokesbirds for the spokesbirds -- Afterword : what you can do
Control code
ocn959035076
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
232 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781611689716
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2016038535
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)959035076
Label
Vulture : the private life of an unloved bird, Katie Fallon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-222) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the spokesbird -- Vulture culture -- The private lives of public birds -- Rockshelter -- Wings and prayers -- Rebirth -- Hill of the sacred eagles -- On the move -- Virginia is for vultures -- Battlefield ghosts -- Welcome back, buzzards -- Epilogue : spokesbirds for the spokesbirds -- Afterword : what you can do
Control code
ocn959035076
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
232 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781611689716
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2016038535
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)959035076

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