Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Scientific Name

Coragyps atratus

Range

From eastern United States to Mexico and most of South America

Habitats

Open areas with forest landscapes

What do they eat?

Carrion; the decayed flesh of a dead animal

Status

Least concern

Conservation Threats

Hit by cars, poisoned when they eat animals shot and left by hunters due to lead bullets.

Fun Facts
  • A wingspan of 4.9 feet
  • Poor sense of smell so they follow turkey vultures to food while also using their keen eyesight
  • Monogamous, they stay with the same mate for years
  • They poop on their legs to help thermoregulate
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