Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Our black vulture arrived in March 2006 from a rehab facility near Nashville, Tennessee.  When he was brought to the rehab facility, he was so young that he still had some baby feathers on his head. He suffered a wing injury, so he was non-releasable.

He currently lives in harmony with the Turkey Vulture in the Wildlife Wanderland.

Fun Facts:

  • The black vulture’s glossy black feathers can show iridescence in the right light. It’s a beautiful sight!
  • The black vulture lives into its teens in the wild, but up to 21 years in captivity.
  • When threatened, a  vulture will projectile vomit powerful stomach acids which possess an awful smell. This vomit surprises the predator and gives the vulture time to escape!

What to look for:

  • The black vulture relies on his sight to help him find carrion.
  • He defecates on his legs to keep them clean from all the decaying food that he walks in.
  • Vultures have no voice box and make a barking/chuffing noise.
  • They have bald heads! If you stuck your head in carrion, you wouldn’t want your feathers covered in meat, would you?

Resources:
Animal Diversity: Black Vulture
Cornell Lab of Ornithology