Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Scientific Name

Coragyps atratus


From eastern United States to Mexico and most of South America


Open areas with forest landscapes

What do they eat?

Carrion; the decayed flesh of a dead animal


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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