American Black Vulture

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 10 December 2007
Scientific Name
Coragyps atratus
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Cathartidae
  • Coragyps
  • C. atratus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
22 to 29 inches
52 to 66 inches
56 to 97.6 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Urubu-de-cabeça-preta
Chinese (汉语) 黑头美洲鹫
Czech (Cesky) Kondor Havranovitý
Danish (Dansk) Ravnegrib
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarte Gier
Finnish (Suomi) Mustakondori
French (Français) Urubu Noir
German (Deutsch) Rabengeier
Italian (Italiano) Urubù
Japanese (日本語) クロコンドル (Kurokondoru)
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartkondor
Polish (Polski) Sępnik czarny
Russian (русский язык) Гриф-урубу
Spanish (Español) Zopilote Común / Gallinazo Negro
Swedish (Svenska) Korpgam
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