On Jan 4, 2011, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
These Birds are very regal and have eyes that are haunting and almost human like and they appear to be harmless and respectable, but let me tell you they are nothing like the similar more scavange oriented brown turkey vultures of the northern part of the U.S. These black vultures unlike turkey vultures who circle and eat mostly dead things or wounded almost dead or sickly baby birds and squirrels and roadkill, these black vultures of the southern half of the U.S are extremely aggressive and will in pacts hunt and attack large healthy animals and even humans and other large mammals like small dear, fox, dogs, etc, for any reason, if you are in their way or if they are hungry enough, anything is fair game to their aggresion, they are to be respected from a distance only. Although they are used to humans in suburban areas and are approachable and not fearful of you, you need to fear them, be they by themselves and especially in large packs while eating something dead or something large they've killed. Be warned. Not a turkey vulture!,Very dangerous bird.