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

n 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
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
Type of:
bird of prey, raptor, raptorial bird
any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals

n someone who attacks in search of booty

marauder, piranha, predator
a marauder and plunderer (originally operating in the bogs between England and Scotland)
Type of:
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker
someone who attacks

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