Cathartidae – New World Vultures

Black Vultures at Saddle Creek by Lee

Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) at Saddle Creek by Lee

There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate. (Isaiah 34:15 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – ACCIPITRIFORMES, Family – Cathartidae – New World Vultures

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Species (7)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes melambrotus)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)


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The New World vulture or condor family Cathartidae contains seven species in five genera, all but one of which are monotypic. It includes five vultures and two condors found in warm and temperate areas of the Americas. The “New World” vultures were widespread in both the Old World and North America previously.

New World vultures are not closely genetically related to the superficially similar family of Old World vultures; similarities between the two groups are due to convergent evolution. Just how closely related they are is a matter of debate.

Vultures are scavenging birds, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals. New World vultures have a good sense of smell, whereas Old World vultures find carcasses exclusively by sight. A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of feathers. (Wikipedia with editing)


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