Black Vulture

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Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus brasiliensis in Panama
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Incertae sedis
Family: Cathartidae
Genus: Coragyps
Saint-Hilaire, 1853
Species: C. atratus
Binomial name
Coragyps atratus
(Bechstein, 1793)
Subspecies
  • C. a. atratus (Bechstein, 1793)
    North American Black Vulture
  • C. a. foetens (Lichtenstein, 1817)
    Andean Black Vulture
  • C. a. brasiliensis (Bonaparte, 1850)
    Southern American Black Vulture
Distribution map of the Black Vulture.
Synonyms

Cathartidarum Winge, 1888

The Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), also known as the American Black Vulture, is a bird in the New World vulture family whose range extends from the southeastern United States to Central Chile and Uruguay in South America. Although a common and widespread species, it has a somewhat more restricted distribution than its compatriot, the Turkey Vulture, which breeds well into Canada and south to Tierra del Fuego. Despite the similar name and appearance, this species is unrelated to the Eurasian Black Vulture.