American Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus


The American Black Vulture is a New World species. Out of all the members of the Cathartidae family, it is the one with the most varied diet. Intelligent and opportunistic, it has adapted to our consumer society (landfill sites, supermarkets, etc.). It is also known for its social behaviour compared to the other less gregarious vultures: these raptors gather together and sleep in a communal roost. Members of the same family stay together all year long and demonstrate group cohesion. On occasions, one American Black Vulture family might join up with another and search for food together.

First chick hatched at Le Rocher des Aigles: 1er june, 1987


CLASS : Aves
ORDER : Falconiformes
FAMILY : Cathartidae
WINGSPAN : 1.5 m
WEIGHT : 1.1 – 1.9 kg
CLUTCH SIZE : 2 eggs
INCUBATION : 38-45 days
DIET : it has a varied diet. It eats fruit, scraps and carrion, as well as tortoise eggs and young, iguanas, sweet potatoes and coconut pulp.
NATURAL HABITAT : open or partially wooded areas, near human activity. It is also found on plains, particularly along rivers
RANGE : Central and South Americs.

Conservation status

Conservation status info

Rocher des Aigles

LC : Least Concern