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Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus

 

Range/Geographical Distribution: Texas and Arkansas north and east to New Jersey and south to Florida.

Habitat: Open country but breeds in woodlands. 

Similar Species: Turkey vulture. 

Description:  A large, black bird with silver patches near each wing tip. It has a bare grayish head and gray legs. 

Size: Length: 23-27” Wingspan: 54-59” Weight: 1600-2400g

Food: Carrion as well as fish, vegetation, and dung. Black vultures have been know to attack small live prey, or if the vultures are in a group, larger live prey.

Breeding: Black vultures lay two white or gray/green eggs under a bush, in a hollow log, in a cave, or under large rocks. Both parents help incubate the eggs.

Predators: Very few predators.

Conservation Status: Listed as least concern by IUCN. Black vultures are the most abundant vulture in the Western Hemisphere.

Interesting Facts: Families of black vultures stay together for up to a year.

On the Coast: Black vultures help keep Georgia’s coast clear of excessive carrion and can be seen in groups feeding on carrion or soaring on air currents.

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