Misleading names

Unlike its name suggests, the vulturine fish eagle isn’t quite a vulture nor a fish eagle- it doesn’t scavenge, and its diet does not resemble that of either bird. It instead prefers a vegetarian diet consisting primarily of oil palm nuts. Its name was simply derived from the 2 other birds due to aesthetic similarities. Names sure can be misleading! This bird is quite unique, and in 1943 the other name ‘palm nut vulture’ was created- which seems a little more suitable. The birds should be happier with that, although this youngster doesn’t seem to outwardly show it.


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