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Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus


This vulture patiently posed (or it kept on eye on me, showing no aggression or fear.) The black vulture is a large bird of prey with black feathers. The head is bare; the skin a dark gray. While generally regarded as a scavenger, black vultures can kill young or injured mammals. This vulture hunts by sight rather than smell. It also follows vultures that hunt by smell to carrion.


Spotted pond-side, near a bayou. The black vulture prefers open habitats of various types.


The black vulture is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the USA.

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1Sarah2 10 years ago

I found myself talking to him like he was a model. He seemed to like that.

KarenL 10 years ago

You have to love a poser!

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Seminole, Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 10, 2012
Submitted on Feb 11, 2012

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