Himalayan Griffon Vulture plays tricks!
This incredible photo taken by Husein Latif clearly shows the fake eyes on a Himalayan Griffon Vulture.
On first glance, it’s hard to even see the bird’s actual face as you are automatically drawn to the fake eyes.
It’s a great example of mimicry with this perfect deception to avoid a potential predator from the vulnerability of his real eyes.
Himalayan Griffon Vultures mostly lives in the Himalayas on the Tibetan plateau and they are usually solitary, although small groups gather at a feeding site. They eat only dead animals and look for food away from human populated areas.
The vultures have a large pouch where the store some food so they can go a long time without having to look for food. It’s like having a pantry in your throat!
These birds are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN red list.
Many animal species uses mimicry which a type of camouflage to trick their predators to believe their head, which is usually their most vulnerable part of their body, so they think it is somewhere else.
Another example of mimicry is used by butterflies. Many of them have false eyes on their wings so it looks like their head is at the other end of their body.