Black, with featherless head and neck reddish (blackish in young birds). The breeding race (ruficollis) has several narrow dull yellow bands across back of neck (may look like a pale patch at a distance). Soars with wings held slightly above the horizontal; from below contrast between black under wing-coverts and silvery gray flight feathers is apparent.
Habits and Behavior
More widespread than Black Vulture, but less numerous around towns and cities. Less gregarious (except on migration) than Black Vulture. A masterful flier, soaring for long periods with a flap, tilting from side to side to take advantage of every favorable air current.