Vultures

To make it easier to picture the new world black vulture and the turkey vulture in the wild, browse the images below.

 

The new world black vulture (coragyps atratus) (not to be confused with the old world black vulture) is a large bird measuring from22" to 29" with a wingspan of between 52" and 66." They range from coast to coast across the southern United States, south through Central and South America to Chile and Argentina.

The turkey vulture (cathartas aura) is a large bird measuring from 24" to 32" in length with a wingspan of 63" to 72." It is called turkey buzzard or just buzzard in some north American areas, and in some parts of the Carribean John crow or carrion crow. The word buzzard is a misnomer because a buzzard is actually a hawk of the buteo family.

Steak Dinner

These New World Black Vultures have found a dead cow to feed on in a pasture in eastern Manatee County, Florida on June 12, 2016, but will have to wait for a predator that is strong enough to break through its tough hide before they will be able to dine.

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Macabre Vigil

A pair of new World black vultures wait on the side of a rural eastern Charlotte County, Florida road on June 5, 2016.

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Strutting His Stuff

A new World vulture sits on the side of a rural eastern Charlotte County, Florida on June 5, 2016.

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Vulture Pair

pair of New World black vultures hover over a small piece of carrion on a rural roadside in eastern Charlotte County, Florida on June 5, 2016.

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New World Black Vulture

A new world black vulture waits its turn to feed on a rural country road in eastern Charlotte County, Florida on June 5, 2016.

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Red Headed Step Child BW

A turkey vulture fluffs up its feathers after landing on a pine branch in the Withlacoochee State Forest in central Florida in April of 2016.

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Red Headed Step Child

A turkey vulture fluffs up its feathers after landing on a pine branch in the Withlacoochee State Forest in central Florida in April of 2016.

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Winged

A turkey vulture's wing spread in flight as it catches the morning thermals at Tampa Florid'a John Sargent Park on a beautiful November morning, gives one a close look at its structure and helps you understand their ability to soar effortlessly in search of their next meal.

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Sky Master 1

A turkey vulture spreads its wings to catch the November morning thermals over the Hillsborough River at Tampa Florida's John Sargent Park. Very few birds can match the vultures mastery of the skies.

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A Bit of Evidence

A black vulture in the Withlacoochee National Forest in western Sumter County, Florida.

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Boo

In the early morning light on the Alafia River in Riverview, Florida, this turkey vulture spread its wings to catch the sun to warm and dry its wings. Sometimes you find beauty in the strangest of places.

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