Children's LiteratureAnimals that eat carrion are often portrayed negatively in media and fiction, but without such animals the world would be a very different place. Vultures can be found on every continent on earth except Antarctica. "Old World" vultures, found in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, are more closely related to hawks than "New World" vultures, who more closely resemble storks and do not have the sharp talons found on Old World vultures that help them catch small prey. All vultures eat dead animals, but the talons on Old World vultures enable them to kill injured animals upon occasion. Markle details the habits of vultures all over the world, describing their differences in detail and explaining how vultures interact with one another and with other animals. The text begins with a basic description of scavenger animals and how they make an important contribution to the natural world, and ends with a brief "looking back" section that encourages children to examine the full-color photographs in the text to learn the visual cues of vultures. This title is part of the "Animal Scavengers" series. 2005, Lerner Publications Company, Ages 8 to 12.
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