New World Vultures

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Cathartidae

The New World vultures are not closely related to Old World vultures, but superficially resemble them because of convergent evolution. Like the Old World vultures, they are scavengers. However, unlike Old World vultures, which find carcasses by sight, New World vultures have a good sense of smell with which they locate carcasses. There are 7 species world wide, all found only in the Americas, 3 North American species and 2 Florida species: The Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) and the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura).


Black Vulture
(Black Vulture 555-5)
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Black Vulture
(Vulture Flight 059)
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Turkey Vulture
(Turkey Vulture 550-002)
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Turkey Vulture Soaring
(Turkey Vulture Soaring 3849)
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Black Vulture
(Black Vulture 555-4)
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Black Vulture Soaring
(Black Vulture Soar 3817)
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Black Vulture Headshot
(Black Vulture 3610)
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Turkey Vulture In Flight
(Turkey Vulture 434)
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