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American Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus


L 25" W 57" Small, partially unfeathered head w/hooked bill. Sooty, black plumage. Legs and feet pale gray. Shows large white patches at base of primaries in flight.


Common in country & near human settlement (scavengers).


These birds showed no fear of people. The first two were shot at Myakka River State Park, my husband and I were able to approach these birds to as close as 5ft! The third image was taken in Hardee County Florida at an animal refuge. Example of "scavenging"- many black vultures were waiting for the resident animals to leave some crumbs behind. Description obtained through personal copy of "National Geographic Field Guide to Birds-Florida"

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Anna Wilson
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Anna Wilson

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 11, 2010
Submitted on Jul 28, 2011

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