We don’t have many Vultures in Canada.

Bears, moose, elk and mountain lions call Canada their home.  Yet for some reason vultures do not seem to like it here.

Experts tell us that on occasion a Turkey Vulture will make its way up to Canada when the weather is warm.  But for the most part, Vultures are giving us Canucks the cold shoulder.

Since a vulture sighting is extremely rare where I live, Jeff and I loved it when we ran into this ugly scavenger in the wild.

We were driving around eastern Florida when we ran into Coragyps atratus, or Black Vulture.  Check out the video below to see our encounter for yourself.

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Here are 7 facts about the Black Vulture

1.  The Black Vulture is a scavenger.  This means it feeds on the carrion of animals killed by other predators.  On occasion this vulture will hunt for vulnerable prey such as newborns and eggs.

2.  The Black Vulture has a wingspan of 1.5 meters (5 feet).  This may seem impressive but it is small as far as vultures go.

3.  How do you know if a Black Vulture is in your back yard?  Here is a physical description.

  • Large soaring bird.
  • Broad wings with large whitish patch at tip.
  • Short, square tail. Body black.
  • Dark gray head unfeathered and wrinkled.
  • Frequently flaps while soaring.

4.  The range of the Black Vulture extends from the southeastern United States to Central Chile and Urugay in South America.

5.  Black Vultures love garbage.  If you want to see a large number of these birds in one location, head to the local dump or landfill.

6.  Black Vultures will lay 1-3 eggs at a time.   Both parents incubate the eggs and jointly care for the young until they leave the nest at about ten weeks of age.

7.  Cool story about Black Vultures (http://www.vulture-territory.com/black.html)

Perhaps one of the most mysterious bird stories surrounds the Black Vultures of Gettysburg. For over 100 years more than 900 Black and Turkey Vultures have gathered amongst the canyons of the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. It is said that the first birds appeared on the 1st July, 1863. This was the final day in a battle which saw 50,000 men and thousands of horses die. The men were buried, but the corpses of the horses were left lying on the battlefield. The vultures dined in style, they may even have stayed the winter and scavenged on the frozen carcasses. Twelve months later the vultures returned, something they do to this very day…..

See more of Jeff and Kent’s Adventures here.

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