Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Black Vulture: Large raptor, black overall, short, featherless neck, pale bill, short and squared tail, long, pale gray legs and feet. Gray-black skin on head and neck is wrinkled. White-tipped wings, held horizontal in flight. Soars on thermals, must flap its wings more often than a Turkey Vulture.

Black Vulture: Resident species in much of the southeastern states from Texas to New York and Connecticut. It also occurs in southern Arizona, throughout much of Mexico and south into the tropics. Its range is expanding further into the northeast. Its preferred habitats include open country, but they breed in woodlands and thickets.