Black vultures generally spend about two months in their nesting area, relying on mom and dad for food. The next step is to move into higher areas until they can take flight at about 80 days old (still relying mostly on their parents for food).
Males and females are monogamous and they form very strong family bonds. Black vultures are playful, intelligent and enjoy socializing. The oldest recorded black vulture was 25 1/2 years old.
Oh, and that beautiful bald head is to prevent bothersome bacteria and other ickiness from sticking to their feathers when they are enjoying a meal.
Raptor rescuers report that vultures are fantastic creatures, so enjoy watching a vulture tornado whenever you get a chance - that's a family of amazing creatures that you're seeing.
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