King Vulture - Like other vultures, the king vulture is a scavenger. These large birds glide on air currents, conserving energy while searching the forests or savanna below for the corpses of dead animals. Because of their unappetizing eating habits, they fill an ecological niche, and may help to prevent the spread of disease by disposing of rotting remains.
Tenderness and love, mama & cub. Although Polar bears are the sister species of the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet.
Conservation Science Field Trip to the Cairngorms- Hayden (helpful and enthusiastic postgrad) is about to talk to the group about what makes a native species in the UK. Is the distinction important? Do Larch trees fill an otherwise unfilled niche in Scotland? Would Larch have arrived on its own by now without it being brought by people? #ConSci #FieldTrip #Ecology #Outdoorlearning #Trees
https://flic.kr/p/PfujrW | Pronghorns | Though not an antelope, it is often known colloquially in North America as the American antelope, prong buck, pronghorn antelope, or simply antelope because it closely resembles the true antelopes of the Old World and fills a similar ecological niche due to parallel evolution. The pronghorn is a unique North American mammal. Its Latin name, Antilocapra americana, means "American goat-antelope," but it is not a member of the goat or the ante...
A new study by a Canadian Museum of Nature scientist helps answer a long-standing question in palaeontology -- how numerous species of large, plant-eating dinosaurs could co-exist successfully over geological time.