While groups of hyena sometimes hunt other animals and take them down for food, a lone hyena is more likely to act as a scavenger, eating the meat of other animals that have died from injuries or that other animals have killed. Other examples of scavengers include vultures, crabs and blowflies.Know More
Many vultures are bald, having no feathers on their head. This adaptation allows them to eat dead animals they find without accumulating on their heads the decaying meat and toxic organisms it contains. Lammergeiers are vultures that survive by eating the bones of dead animals. Their beaks allow them to break open the bones to eat the marrow.
Crabs and lobsters are water-dwelling scavengers. They eat carrion and almost anything else they find at the bottom of the ocean, using their claws to gather their food and bring it to their mouths.
Blowflies are insects that scientists classify as scavengers, even though the animals from which they gather their food are not technically dead. They consume the decaying flesh around the wounds of livestock, even if the animals remain in relatively good health.
With the urbanization of farmland and forests, many animal species convert from hunters to scavengers for survival, eating food from household garbage cans.Learn More
Names for groups of animals include pods of whales, exaltations of larks, knots of toads, packs of dogs, parliaments of owls and sloths of bears. In addition, cattle, horses and deer are all grouped into herds.Full Answer >
When organisms die in an ocean biome, they are decomposed by bacteria like on land and become food for scavengers, such as sharks and crabs. Unlike on land, however, because many organisms live in the upper layers of water, death means that they tend to sink to the bottom, often a great distance from where they died. Thus, the fate of oceanic dead organisms is often more complex.Full Answer >
Mammals are distinguished from other animals by having mammary glands and complex hair follicles, and by the structure of their skulls, which feature highly modified jaw bones. Mammals are also warm-blooded and have a number of adaptations to allow for high metabolism.Full Answer >
An animal that hunts other animals for food is called a carnivore or predator. These animals must kill other smaller animals to feed. Since carnivores must hunt to survive, they use large amounts of energy to obtain their food, and thus they require many calories to stay healthy.Full Answer >