A Song About Vultures

Vultures are often misunderstood. Commonly called “buzzards” (which are actually hawk species in Europe and Africa), and sometimes dismissed as trash birds, vultures are actually cool birds that help the environment. When an animal dies, vultures often feed on the carcass. Their stomachs are equipped to break down bacteria and other dangerous elements that would harm humans or other wildlife. The spread of diseases such as anthrax are limited due to the effectiveness of vultures cleaning up decaying animals. This is a song about the life of a vulture. 

Desi

Hanging out with my friend Desi the Hooded Vulture

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Turkey Vultures

Some cool vultures! Clockwise from top left – King Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Indian Vulture, and Lappet-faced Vulture.

 

                                                          Carrion Out in the Sun

                       (Sung to the tune of Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas)

Chorus

Carrion out in the sun
Tasty creatures that can’t run
I will clean up all this mess
Then I’ll find some more

Verse 1
Once I rose above the cars on the highway
Just to look at all the deer headed my way
I was soaring ever higher, rising in the sky
Though I have a beak I don’t call but just hiss
I’m a bird of prey that cleans up a carcass
I’m here to stop all the diseases, I will save the day

Chorus
Carrion out in the sun
Tasty creatures that can’t run
I will clean up all this mess
Then I’ll find some more

Verse 2
If you think I’m ugly there is a reason
All the baldness keeps me cool every season
And when my head gets really dirty, at least my feathers might stay clean
When the weather’s nice I bathe in the sunlight
Clean my feathers and I’m ready to take flight
The rising air means there’s a thermal; time to soar and save the day

Chorus
Carrion out in the sun
Tasty creatures that can’t run
I will clean up all this mess
Then I’ll find some more

Bridge
Carrion, I can puke when there’s danger
Carrion, get away from me stranger
Now my stomach’s feeling empty
Time to look for something new

Chorus
Carrion out in the sun
Tasty creatures that can’t run
I will clean up all this mess
Then I’ll find some more

 

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