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They were urubus, a kind of small vulture, with naked necks and long claws, and black as crows.
Great flocks of _urubus_, or vultures, had smelled the carcass and were circling above our heads waiting for their share of the spoils.
Soon the _urubus_, or vultures, were hanging over the tree-tops waiting for their share of the spoils.
However, on account of the destruction caused not only by the natives, but by the water-fowl from the side, the urubus in the air, and the alligators in the river, their number has been so diminished that for every little turtle a Brazilian pataque, or about a franc, has to be paid.
Only two of the former are seen -- a brace of _urubus_, or "king vultures," soaring in circles aloft -- beautiful birds, but less emblematic of life than death.
The _urubus_ have guided him, or rather their shadows gliding over the grassy sward; these, as the birds making them, having suddenly passed away towards the west.