Just a reminder:the natural diet of these birds is BONES. Not just bone marrow; actual bone shards. They pick up huge freaking bones from carcasses and drop them onto rocks until they get spiky pieces and then they swallow them. Their stomach acid dissolves bone.
look me in the eye and tell me that’s not a fucking dragon
And they aren’t naturally red like that. That’s self-applied makeup. They find the reddest earth they can to work into their feathers as a status symbol.
And they don’t scavenge other parts of carcases, just the bones. 85-90% of their diet is exclusively bone. Hence why it’s only a myth that these birds would just pick up whole lambs and carry them off. It’s not true, but in German they’re still called Lämmergeier as a result.
all this and no name of the bird??? halp
Bearded Vulture! complete sweeties!
Mantis shrimp, drawn from the specimen at AMNH. Not sure which species it is, I should check next time I go to the museum.
These guys have really amazing eyes.
Humans only have three color channels in which we can see. The mantis shrimp has twelve channels, seeing colors we couldn’t even dream possible.
Pedro Pascal attends day 1 of the WIRED Cafe @ Comic Con at Omni Hotel on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California (x)