vulture

A vulture is a type of bird — with a bald head and neck — that feeds on dead animals.

One of the most fearsome birds is the vulture: this bird of prey feeds on almost nothing but dead flesh. Unlike other animals that hunt, vultures go after animals that were killed by other animals or died naturally. Vultures are scavengers looking for corpses. And because of their morbid tastes, vultures are often associated with horror movies and scenes of carnage.

Definitions of vulture
  1. noun
    any of various large diurnal birds of prey having naked heads and weak claws and feeding chiefly on carrion
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    Aegypiidae, family Aegypiidae
    in some classifications considered the family comprising the Old World vultures which are more often included in the family Accipitridae
    Old World vulture
    any of several large vultures of Africa and Eurasia
    New World vulture, cathartid
    large birds of prey superficially similar to Old World vultures
    Gyps fulvus, griffon, griffon vulture
    large vulture of southern Europe and northern Africa having pale plumage with black wings
    Gypaetus barbatus, bearded vulture, lammergeier, lammergeyer
    the largest Eurasian bird of prey; having black feathers hanging around the bill
    Egyptian vulture, Neophron percnopterus, Pharaoh's chicken
    small mostly white vulture of Africa and southern Eurasia
    Aegypius monachus, black vulture
    of southern Eurasia and northern Africa
    Cathartes aura, buzzard, turkey buzzard, turkey vulture
    a New World vulture that is common in South America and Central America and the southern United States
    condor
    the largest flying birds in the western hemisphere
    Coragyps atratus, black vulture, carrion crow
    American vulture smaller than the turkey buzzard
    Sarcorhamphus papa, king vulture
    large black-and-white vulture of South America and Central America; have colorful wattles and wartlike protuberances on head and neck
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    bird of prey, raptor, raptorial bird
    any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals
  2. noun
    someone who attacks in search of booty
    synonyms: marauder, piranha, predator
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    moss-trooper
    a marauder and plunderer (originally operating in the bogs between England and Scotland)
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    aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker
    someone who attacks
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