Vultures serve a useful purpose in disposing of dead and decaying animal remains, as well as in cleaning up in areas of poor or non-existent sanitation. This, however, does not make them popular with people. The bare head and neck enables them to become fouled up in their efforts to obtain food without endangering their plumage.
- Vultures rarely attack living animals, and then only when the animal is disabled or dying of disease or injury.
- By making perfect use of the air currents, a vulture is able to soar for hours at a time, without once flapping its wings.