Black vulture with its wings stretched out perched in the sun

American black vulture

American black vultures are more aggressive than turkey vultures and often drive the latter away from carcasses. If frightened while on the ground, black vultures vomit anything they've just eaten to reduce their weight for a quicker take-off.

Scientific name: Coragyps atratus

Rank: Species

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the American black vulture taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The American black vulture can be found in a number of locations including: Amazon Rainforest, North America, South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the American black vulture distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Birds of prey
  6. New World vultures
  7. Coragyps
  8. American black vulture