Black Vulture – (Coragyps atratus) Black vultures differ from Turkey Vultures by their black heads, shorter tails and white stars under their wingtips. They are more aggressive and usually dominate a dead carcass lying on the ground. They sometimes follow Turkey Vultures to their food source and then chase them away. They soar in groups like Turkey vultures with strong wingbeats followed by glides. They can be seen around coastal beaches, salt water marshes, xeric scrub (dry) prairies, cypress swamps, dry prairies, cypress swamps, mixed pine and hardwood forests and urban environments. I saw and photographed this group of vultures in my neighborhood standing around what looks to be a dead rodent of some kind, squirrel or rat. There is more information about Black Vultures at the All About Birds website.
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