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Black Vulture

Common Name Black Vulture

Scientific Name Coragyps atratus

Species Birds

Family/Group Vultures



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Black, including featherless head and neck, with white patch at base of primaries (prominent in flight).

Habits and Behavior

A familiar carrion feeder in settled areas and around sea bird colonies. Ordinary flight consists of several flaps and a sail, unlike the Turkey Vulture, which mainly soars; the Black soars on flat wings (not in a dihedral). Whether the Black Vulture engages in migratory movements in uncertain.

Nicaragua Animal Guide