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Photo of two black vultures standing on the ground

Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus
Although turkey vultures are much more common in Missouri, black vultures are expanding their range northward, and sightings of them are increasing. Note their black head, shorter tail, and (seen from below) a white patch near the ends of the wings.

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Closeup photo of a black vulture's head as it picks at food on the ground

Black Vulture (Closeup)

The black vulture has a large, black body with a naked black head. As with turkey vultures, their featherless heads are a hygienic adaption for a life of eating from sloppy, smelly carcasses.

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Photo of black vulture soaring

Black Vulture Soaring

Seen from below, black vultures in flight tend to hold their wings horizontally (not in a shallow V), with the wingtips stretching somewhat forward. The wings are mostly black, with a white patch near the outer end of the wing; the tail is short. They usually alternate between a series of three to four flaps and soaring.

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Photo of two black vultures standing on the ground

Black Vultures

Although turkey vultures are much more common in Missouri, black vultures are expanding their range northward, and sightings of them are increasing. Note their bumpy, black, featherless heads and short, stubby tails.

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Photo of a group of black vultures feeding on a coyote carcass

Black Vultures Feeding

Like turkey vultures, black vultures feed on carrion. Black vultures commonly follow turkey vultures to find food, and groups of them often aggressively drive off the turkey vultures. Black vultures tend to stay in tight-knit family groups.

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Miscellany

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"Miscellany" for the November 2009 Missouri Conservationist.

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Missouri's Other Vulture

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Vultures are nature's clean-up crew.

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Photo of a turkey vulture in flight

Missouri's Vultures

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These creatures of bad habits serve as nature's cleanup crew.

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News and Almanac

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"News and Almanac" for the February 1998 Missouri Conservationist.

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turkey vulture with research tag

Tagged turkey vulture indicates a research bird

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The next time you see a turkey vulture perched on a roost, soaring on air currents or munching on a rotting carcass, check the wings.

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