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American Black Vulture, black buzzard, black scavenger, Black Vulture, Carrion Crow, Jim Crow, John Crow
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Catharte Urubu, urubu noir
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Avvoltoio Nero, Urub
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Carronero Com, Zopilote Carroñero Común, Zopilote Com, Zopilote Negro
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Jote Cabeza Negra
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Cuervo Cabeza Negra
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Adult : Head : wrinkled grayish black skin Bill: whitish Neck: wrinkled grayish black skin Length : short Legs : Foot Color: gray-white Leg Color: gray-white Leg Length: long Wings : Shape : broad Tail: Length: short Shape: square.
Black overall, with a black bald head .
About 23 to 27 inches long, with a wingspan of 54 to 60 inches. Adults weigh about 76.8 ounces .
Vegetation: arid lowland scrubs, second-growth scrub, low seasonally wet grasslands, arid lowland scrubs, arid lowland scrubs, pastures and agricultural lands, river edge and river island forests • Maximum Elevation: 2,800 meters • Foraging Strata: Aerial • Center of Abundance: Lower tropical: lowlands, lower than 500 m.; tropics. • Sensitivity to Disturbance: Low
Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 3,787 meters (0 to 12,425 feet).
List of Habitats
- 1 Forest
- 1.4 Forest - Temperate
- 1.6 Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
- 3 Shrubland
- 3.4 Shrubland - Temperate
- 3.5 Shrubland - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
- 4 Grassland
- 4.4 Grassland - Temperate
- 4.6 Grassland - Subtropical/Tropical Seasonally Wet/Flooded
- 14 Artificial/Terrestrial
- 14.2 Artificial/Terrestrial - Pastureland
- 14.5 Artificial/Terrestrial - Urban Areas
- 14.6 Artificial/Terrestrial - Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest
This species is a carrion feeder , eating almost any type of dead animal. The Black Vulture also preys on some small vertebrates , including young birds and small mammals. It can be commonly seen on the roadside eating vehicle-killed animals.
The breeding season occurs from January to July, peaking in March-April. This species will nest in a variety of situations, including on the ground under shrubs , on a cliff , in sheds or barns, or in a hollow log . No nest is built. The female lays 1-3 (usually 2) eggs that she and the male incubate for 37-48 days. The young are semi-altricial and are cared for by the adults for 80-94 days after they hatch .
- Clutch Size: 2
- Length of Incubation : 37-48 days
- Days to Fledge : 80-94
- Number of Broods: 1
The Black Vulture uses mostly sight to find its food. In the evening, many individuals roost together. When frightened, the Black Vulture responds by swiftly regurgitating its last meal in the direction of whomever or whatever has frightened it.
- Whittaker & Margulis,1978
- C. Linnaeus, 1758
- (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983
- Grobben, 1908
- (Haeckel, 1874) Cavalier-Smith, 1998
- Bateson, 1885
- Cuvier, 1812
- Jawed Vertebrates
- Goodrich, 1930
- Gauthier, 1986
- (C. Linnaeus, 1758)
- Pycraft, 1900
- Seebohm, 1890
- Order: Falconiformes () - Sharpe, 1874
- Superorder: Falconimorphae () - Seebohm, 1890
- Cohort: Neognathae () - Pycraft, 1900
- Infraclass: Aves () - (C. Linnaeus, 1758)
- Subclass: Avialae () - Gauthier, 1986
- Class: Aves ()
- Superclass: Tetrapoda () - Goodrich, 1930
- Infraphylum: Gnathostomata () - auct. - Jawed Vertebrates
- Subphylum: Vertebrata () - Cuvier, 1812 - Vertebrates
- Phylum: Chordata () - Bateson, 1885 - Chordates
- Infrakingdom: Chordonia () - (Haeckel, 1874) Cavalier-Smith, 1998
- Branch: Deuterostomia () - Grobben, 1908
- Subkingdom: Bilateria () - (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983
- Kingdom: Animalia () - C. Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
Coragyps atratus (Bechstein, 1793)
Status: Accepted Name
Last scrutiny: 17-Oct-2001
Common in the SE US and in many parts of NC, Black Vultures can be distinguished from Turkey Vultures by their grayish-black skin on their heads. (Turkey Vultures have reddish skin on their heads.) Black Vultures also have a quicker wing-beat and shorter, broader wings. Also note the the whitish wingtips due to the light colored outermost primary feathers.
Members of the genus Coragyps
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- Biodiversity Heritage Library NamebankID: 8927
- Catalogue of Life Accepted Name Code: ITS-175272
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility Taxonkey: 2498402
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Taxonomic Serial Number (TSN): 175272
- IUCN ID: 201957
- Natural Heritage Network Species Identifier: ABNKA01010
- Zipcode Zoo Species Identifier: 218