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American Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus

temporarily off-site

Black on black!

These birds have dark black skin, covered in dark feathers. Though their legs appear white, they are truly black and only get their white appearance from the vulture urinating on itself to clean off after eating or to stay warm.

About the Species

Nature's Cleanup Crew!

These scavengers play an important role in cleaning up things like roadkill! They eat carrion, or dead animals, which is why they don't have feathers on their head!

Words From the Experts

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These birds are so curious by nature, so we are always coming up with new ways to provide them enrichment!

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Courtney

Did You Know?

Black Vultures lack a voice box and so their vocal abilities are limited to making raspy hisses and grunts.

Facts

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Origin

North America

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Habitat

Forest landscapes

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Size

Length: 24–27 inches | Weight: 3–5 pounds

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Diet

Carrion

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Predators

Raccoons and foxes

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Natural Defenses

Work in groups to ward off any threats

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Reproduction

1–3 eggs per clutch

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Status

Least Concern

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Life Expectancy

Up to 30 years in human care

  • Saving Animals From Extinction
  • Culture Builds Florida
  • Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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