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Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus


The black vulture is a fairly large bird of prey, measuring 56–74 cm in length, with a 1.33–1.67 m wingspan. Weight for Black Vultures from North America and the Andes ranges from 1.6 to 3 kg but in the smaller vultures of the tropical lowlands it is 1.18–1.94 kg. Birds in Venezuela were found to average 1.64 kg. The extended wing bone measures 38.6–45 cm, the shortish tail measures 16–21 cm and the relatively long tarsus measures 7–8.5 cm. Its plumage is mainly glossy black. The head and neck are featherless and the skin is dark gray and wrinkled. The iris of the eye is brown and has a single incomplete row of eyelashes on the upper lid and two rows on the lower lid. The legs are grayish white, while the two front toes of the foot are long and have small webs at their bases. The feet are flat, relatively weak, and are poorly adapted to grasping; the talons are also not designed for grasping, as they are relatively blunt. The nostrils are not divided by a septum, but rather are perforate; from the side one can see through the beak. The wings are broad but relatively short. The bases of the primary feathers are white, producing a white patch on the underside of the wing's edge, which is visible in flight. The tail is short and square, barely reaching past the edge of the folded wings.


Living in the trees of Parque Del Este (Parque Generalisimo Francisco De Miranda ) Near Cerro del Avila, a big mountain chain near Caracas. Venezuela.


These birds are EVERYWHERE, but I never have my camera with me so I have never had the change to take a close-up picture.

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Parroquia Leoncio Martínez, Miranda, Venezuela

Lat: 10.49, Long: -66.84

Spotted on Jan 3, 2017
Submitted on Jan 7, 2017

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