When young it is nearly black, and indeed has been treated as a separate species under the name of black vulture.
Far rarer are the large grey eagle, and the cuerbo, or black vulture.
The carrion crow, or black vulture (Catharista atrata), is also common to every part of the country, and is the general scavenger.
Wilson gives the following account of the black vulture of America.
There were two distinct species of them, the “turkey-buzzard” (Cathartes aura), and the black vulture (Cathartes atratus).
In the eastern façade of the Monjas at Chichen Itza there are glyphs for both the king and the black vulture and the peccary.
The other two—the black vulture and the turkey-buzzard—are monopolists in their peculiar line.
Two species only seem to occur in the writings, the king vulture and the black vulture.
Here he took the eggs of black vulture, griffon vulture, short-toed eagle and lmmergeier.
The black vulture seems to lack the mythological character associated with the king vulture.