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New World vultures


The New World vultures are a small family of very large birds, including only seven species. They occur only in North, Central and South America. Although they look like the vultures in Africa, and like other birds of prey, they are probably more closely related to storks. The bald heads and necks and large hooked bills are adaptations for scavenging. The endangered California condor is in this family. So is the much more common turkey vulture .

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