はくとうわし・はげわし【白頭鷲・禿鷲】


■ 白頭鷲 means bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and 禿鷲 means vulture.

白頭 is literally white head, 鷲 means eagle, and 禿げ means bald. Taken together, it's easy to think 禿鷲 is bald eagle, when it actually means vulture. People are never called 禿鷲 in Japanese.

For pictures of bald eagles, click here.

For pictures of vultures, click here.

To find out why vultures are bald, see ハゲワシの頭はなぜはげているの?

Animals in Kenya has three pictures of vultures.


This entry was created by Benjamin Barrett.


Created 2000-08-20.


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