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Species: Coragyps atratus, Black Vulture   •   Hatch Year: 2020    •   Sex: Female   •   Disability: Right Wing Injury

Bash was found on the ground by a kind farmer in Maryville, TN. The farmer said that she was being stalked by coyotes, and her appointment at UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine revealed a healed humeral fraction that permanently affected her mobility. As a result of this old injury, Bash was declared non-releasable and began her life as an permanent resident at American Eagle Foundation.
Since coming to AEF, Bash’s adventurous nature and high-energy “zoomies” quickly endeared her to avian care staff. Now, she serves as an ambassador for her species, educating the world about the virtues of vultures. She’s accrued quite the following on her Instagram page at bashthevulture.

ABOUT THIS SPECIES

Vultures often build their nests on the ground, and as one of the most intelligent and curious raptors in America, chicks like to explore their surroundings. Vultures can be found hovering above farmlands, forests, plains, and roadways searching and scavenging for dead animals (and sometimes vegetation) to dine on. Many people think that Vultures are ugly, but they are actually very beautiful and graceful when soaring through the sky!

Vultures do not have a voice box like other raptors. A hissing or grunting sound is the only vocal noise a vulture will make. In addition to hissing, a vulture will sometimes throw up on a potential threat, a defense mechanism called ‘projectile vomiting.’