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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Cathartidae
Genus:Coragyps
Genus species:Coragyps atratus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:56-61 cm
Weight:1100-1900 g
Identification:Black vultures are mostly black with a white patch near their wing tips. They have a bare gray head.
Habitat:Open country, flat lowlands
Diet:Carnivore: carrion
Reproduction:Black vultures build their nests in thickets, hollow logs, tree cavities, caves or abandoned buildings. The male and female both help with incubating their two eggs for a total of 37-41 days. The chicks are capable of flight 75-80 days after hatching.
These birds can often be seen in flocks and may forage in family groups.
Behavior:Vultures are general scavengers, and they forage as family groups. The young remain with their parents and forage with them for many years after birth.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Vultures depend on their keen eyesight to find food.

Other Information

Geographic:Southeastern North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:hawk-like bird
raptor
Black vulture
New World vultures
Vultures
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals