French: Urubu noir German: Rabengeier Spanish: Zopilote negro
Other common names:
St John’s River, Florida, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. atratus
(Bechstein, 1793) – S & E USA and N Mexico.
C. a. brasiliensis
(Bonaparte, 1850) – tropical Mexico, Central America and N & E South America S to C Argentina (Río Negro).
C. a. foetens
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1817) – W South America south to C Chile (N Aisén) and S Argentina (SW Santa Cruz).
56–74 cm; 1100–2100 g; wingspan 133–160 cm. Dull black, with only slight iridescence on wings and tail. Primary feathers have a light grey ventral side,... read more
Utters low hisses, grunts and croaking noises in stress or annoyance, especially when feeding or if... read more
Closely associated with human activity, and abundant around many cities, feeding on refuse and road... read more
Food and feeding
A general scavenger, taking almost any animal food, e.g. insects, birds’ eggs, fish; frequents small and large animal carcasses,... read more
Laying dates very variable: in Ohio (USA), Mar–May; in Costa Rica Nov–Feb/Mar; in Panama Oct–Dec; in Colombia May–... read more
Unlike C. aura, birds in North America seem largely resident. Some birds pass through... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and common; has undoubtedly benefited from human activities, and now far more abundant in disturbed habitats than in... read more
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