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American Black Vulture

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About the American Black Vulture

Also known as: Carrion Crow, Black Buzzard, Jim Crow

The American Black Vulture lives from the southeastern United States to South America. It has a restricted distribution than the Turkey Vulture, which breeds all the way into Canada and south to Tierra del Fuego. Despite the similar name and appearance, this species is unrelated to the Eurasian Black Vulture. Black Vultures inhabit relatively open areas which provide scattered forests or shrublands.

The American Black Vulture is a scavenger and feeds on carrion. In areas populated by humans, it also feeds at garbage dumps. It soars high while searching for food, holding its wings horizontally when gliding.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 10 December 2007
Scientific Name Coragyps atratus
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Cathartidae
  • Coragyps
  • C. atratus
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
22 to 29 inches
52 to 66 inches
56 to 97.6 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Urubu-de-cabeça-preta (Brazilian)
  • 黑头美洲鹫 (Chinese)
  • Kondor Havranovitý (Czech)
  • Ravnegrib (Danish)
  • Zwarte Gier (Dutch)
  • Mustakondori (Finnish)
  • Urubu Noir (French)
  • Rabengeier (German)
  • Urubù (Italian)
  • クロコンドル (Kurokondoru) (Japanese)
  • Svartkondor (Norwegian)
  • Sępnik czarny (Polish)
  • Гриф-урубу (Russian)
  • Zopilote Común / Gallinazo Negro (Spanish)
  • Korpgam (Swedish)

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