This is one fight that everyone would not like to miss. How would the vulture react in the face of the king of birds i.e. Eagle? Who would win when the two decide to fight? This article is well designed to answer this questions about the eagle and the vulture and also give some of the roaring facts about this birds. Let’s get started by knowing the facts about these two birds.
Facts about Eagle
The eagle belongs to the family of birds called Accipitridae. There are more than 60 species of eagles in the world, most of them being in Eurasia and Africa. The most popular species of eagles are:
Eagles a can fly at amazing speeds, some can even fly in faster than cars! The golden eagle is able to fly at a whopping speed of 320 km/ hr.! This is faster than even what most cars have on their speedometers. This makes the escape of the prey very difficult. Once spotted the prey will surely get caught by the eagle. Other eagles that fly at high speeds are the Steppe eagle that can fly at a speed of 300 km/hr and the bald eagle that flies ate a speed of 160 km/hr.
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Other than their amazing speeds the Eagles have other amazing features. Some of the features include the great power possessed by the eagle’s talons. The talons are capable of crushing large mammal bones. It is also said that their grip is more than ten times that of a human hand. The golden and the bald eagle have an estimated grip of about 400 psi. This is not even comparable to the human 40 psi.
Facts about Vulture
These are the birds of prey that feed on carrion which makes many people disregard them. Mentioning of the word vulture, what comes to most people mind is the ugly bald-headed and lazy bird that waits for the other animals to die so that they can eat their carcass. Other people also believe that vultures add no value to the earth and that the earth would be a better place without them. The truth is that the vultures are very important birds in the ecosystem and just like the eagle they also possess amazing features. In simple language vultures act as nature’s garbage disposers.
There are more than 15 types of vultures. The most common ones being:
Griffon vulture, Black vulture, Turkey vulture and Egyptian vulture
The size of a vulture
The size of a vulture varies with the species. For example, the size of the griffon vulture is 93 to 120 cm weighing 6.5 to 11kg while the black vulture being 93 to 120 cm and weighing 1.2 to 1.9 kg. This makes them one of the largest birds in the world.
A fight between the vulture and the eagle
The vulture can be larger than the eagle but can’t be compared with the characteristics and hunting skills possessed by the eagle, you will note that the eagle is more superior. The eagle is an experienced hunter, taking down many large animals and birds.
The eagle is used in killing big animals such as deer, monkeys, and foxes with its powerful talons. The eagle can use the same powerful talons and its experience on the vulture leaving it either dead or seriously injures. In addition, the eagle has great flying speeds (golden eagle can glide in the air at 350km/hr) and therefore the vulture would not have a place to escape to.