The black vulture (Coragyps atratus) is a bird in the New World vulture
family commonly found from the southeastern United States to Central
Chile and Uruguay in South America. Despite the similar name and
appearance, this species is unrelated to the Eurasian black vulture, an
Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae (which includes eagles,
hawks, kites and harriers). The American species is the only extant
member of the New World vulture genus Coragyps in the family
Cathartidae. It inhabits relatively open areas near scattered forests or
shrublands. With a wingspan of 1.5 m (4.9 ft), it is a large bird
though relatively small for a vulture. It has black plumage, a
featherless, grayish-black head and neck, and a short, hooked beak. The
black vulture is a scavenger and feeds on carrion, but will also eat
eggs or kill newborn animals. In areas populated by humans, it also
feeds at garbage dumps. It finds its meals with its keen eyesight and
sense of smell. Lacking a syrinx—the vocal organ of birds—its only
vocalizations are grunts or low hisses.
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