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Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus

Description:

With a wingspan of 1.5 m (5 ft) the Black Vulture is a large bird though relatively small for a vulture. It has black plumage, a featherless, grayish-black head and neck, and a short, hooked beak.The Black Vulture is a scavenger and feeds on carrion, but will also eat eggs or kill newborn animals. In areas populated by humans, it also feeds at garbage dumps. It finds its meals either by using its keen eyesight or by following other (New World) vultures, which possess a keen sense of smell.

Habitat:

The Black Vulture roosts in dense forests with large trees, and searches open spaces for carrion. Black Vultures are more common in flat lowlands than in higher elevations. They often soar higher than Turkey Vultures and gather in large numbers at roadkill and other carrion.

Notes:

Spotted eating carrion next to road outside a subdivision in Acworth, GA

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Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.07, Long: -84.62

Spotted on Mar 2, 2013
Submitted on Mar 3, 2013

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