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.
- 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?