Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

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Scavenger. Smaller size, pale head, white legs and wings with only the underside tips showing white distinguish this one from its Turkey Vulture cousin. This guy and a few cohorts were here to clean up a deceased marsh rabbit that one of the setters got hold of. Sad day for me, but as a part of the circle of life I left it in the non-dog area so the vultures get to feed.  If only bunny had stuck to that area to begin with 😦

Diet: mainly carrion

Shown in Florida native plant: LONGLEAF PINE TREE (Pinus palustris)

Learn: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black_Vulture/id

My take:  Nature’s Cleanup Crew
http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/natures-cleanup-crew/

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2 comments
  1. I’ve seen these circling above in Cedar Key – noticed because of the white wing stripe. I always exclaim that I am not dying or dead ha ha!

    • Loret said:

      HA! Keep in motion…wave your arms! Note: the ones with a white along the full edge of the entire wing are the turkey vultures. Black vultures have white just at the end tips.

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