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10 Animals With Interesting Eating Habits

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7. Egyptian Vulture

The Egyptian vulture could be compared to “freegans,” which are people who try to live a consumer-free lifestyle by dumpster diving for discarded food products. This bird employs similar tactics to find its sustenance. The Egyptian vulture doesn’t have a sense of smell, and relies on its vision to locate food. It will dumpster dive for fruits and vegetables and has even been know to eat feces. Although this vulture doesn’t seem to have a refined palate, it does employ a special technique to crack eggs that earns him high culinary marks. In fact, the Egyptian vulture is the only bird that eats eggs. It prefers ostrich eggs, but they are too big to pick up, so this bird takes rocks in his mouth and throws them at the egg until the shell breaks. Then, the Egyptian vulture feasts on the gooey center.

Image credit: Steve Snodgrass via Flickr

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3:34AM PST on Feb 1, 2014

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1:15PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Ciekawy artykuł, zwyczaje żywieniowe zwierząt często nas zaskakują, a pomysłowości można by pozazdrościć. Takich przykładów można by podać o wiele więcej.

1:55PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

fascinating.

2:20AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

interesting thanks

6:53AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

fascinating.

8:11AM PDT on May 30, 2011

Interesting

3:09PM PDT on May 6, 2011

I enjoyed this interesting natural history lesson. Thanks for sharing.

8:51AM PDT on May 3, 2011

AWESOME!

6:57PM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Another interesting article, thanks for share :).

9:28AM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Your comment about Egyptian vultures being the only birds to eat other birds eggs is absolutely false! Crows, bluejays, magpies, ravens, and possibly other birds like cowbirds will eat eggs of other birds. (The cowbird then deposits its own egg in the nest of other birds (parasitism)). Please don't mislead people with blanket statements on animal behaviors that aren't based on factual information.

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