American Black Vulture, Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Cathartidae
Genus: Coragyps
Species: atratus


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Stamford, Connecticut
Big Pine Key, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Mims, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Berry, Kentucky
Clinton, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Freehold, New Jersey
Concord, North Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Needville, Texas
Troup, Texas
Weatherford, Texas
Walkerton, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Dec 10, 2016, klgaffney from Howell, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

They've been wandering northward in later years. My parents said they stalk people walking dogs in their community in southeastern PA. No incidents yet that they know of, but they're pretty intimidating.

We had a pair nesting in our old barn of the house we brought this summer in Central NJ. We'll be boarding up the hayloft before they return. Huge, handsome birds, and we love watching them, but yeah, more aggressive than our native resident turkey vultures. They don't wait for things to die. Don't trust them with young livestock.


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 u... read more