|"Now eat your carrion like a good little vulture chick!"|
I opened the stall door where the 5 day old chicks and parents are living. The adults are accustomed to my visits and ignored me, while the chicks made a soft hiss when they felt threatened. This time there were several strips of meat on the floor. While I got my camera out I watched one chick repeatedly pick up a piece, trying to throw its head back to get it into its mouth. It quit in frustration just as I was ready to film it.
|"Tried it, didn't like it."|
These chicks will remain in the nest for two to three months, continuing to depend on their parents for regurgitated food until they fledge. Even after taking flights across the field, they will depend on parental feeding for a while although they are nearly the size of the parents. *
|Like mothers everywhere, the adult eventually ate the piece of carrion to clean the plate.|
There is a good overview of black and turkey vultures at Trekohio.com.