Black vultures have broad wings, tiny tails, and powerful wing strokes. Black vultures have a poor sense of smell, so they depend on their sight to search for food. Many times a black vulture will follow around a turkey vulture to lead them to a carcass. They are the only species of New World vulture, which preys on cattle. They have been known to swarm in groups and harass cows giving birth and their newborn calves. Black vultures can regurgitate as a self-defense method or to decrease weight before flying. Black vultures are also known for their high socialization and will even share a meal with relatives.
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Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
Arrived at EPZ: Hoover- 2017