Buzzard vs. Vulture

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Buzzard and Vulture is that the Buzzard is a bird and Vulture is a common name for several types of scavenging birds of prey.

  • Buzzard

    Buzzard is the common name of several species of bird of prey:

  • Vulture

    A vulture is a scavenging bird of prey. The two types of vultures are the New World vultures, including the Californian and Andean condors, and the Old World vultures, including the birds that are seen scavenging on carcasses of dead animals on African plains. Some traditional Old World vultures (including the bearded vulture) are not closely related to the others, which is why the vultures are to be subdivided into three taxa rather than two. New World vultures are found in North and South America; Old World vultures are found in Europe, Africa, and Asia, meaning that between the two groups, vultures are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

    A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of normal feathers. Although it has been historically believed to help keep the head clean when feeding, the bare skin may play an important role in thermoregulation. Vultures have been observed to hunch their bodies and tuck in their heads in the cold, and open their wings and stretch their necks in the heat. Vultures also use urine as a way to keep themselves cool by urinating on themselves.

    A group of vultures is called a kettle, committee or wake. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee refers to vultures resting on the ground or in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding. The word Geier (taken from the German language) does not have a precise meaning in ornithology; it is occasionally used to refer to a vulture in English, as in some poetry.

  • Buzzard (noun)

    Any of several birds of prey of the genus Buteo with broad wings and a broad tail.

  • Buzzard (noun)

    Any scavenging bird such as the American black vulture (Coragyps atratus) or the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).

  • Buzzard (noun)

    In North America, a curmudgeonly or cantankerous man; an old person; a mean, greedy person.

  • Buzzard (noun)

    A blockhead; a dunce.

  • Vulture (noun)

    Any of several carrion-eating birds of the families Accipitridae and Cathartidae.

  • Vulture (noun)

    A person who profits from the suffering of others.

    “Within ten minutes of the accident, the vultures appeared and were organizing lawsuits.”

    “ambulance chaser|vampire”

  • Vulture (verb)

    To circle around one’s target as if one were a vulture.

    “Rudy vultured when asking the girl out.”


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