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black vulture

Also called carrion crow. an American vulture, Coragyps atratus, having a black, bald head and black plumage.
any of several Old World vultures, especially Aegypius monachus, of southern Europe, Asia, and North Africa.
Origin of black vulture
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The turkey-buzzard is, upon the whole, a nobler bird than the black vulture.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • Far rarer are the large grey eagle, and the cuerbo, or black vulture.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • Wilson gives the following account of the black vulture of America.

  • It lay upon its back, staring upward with lacerated eyeless sockets, their contents torn out by the black vulture.

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • When young it is nearly black, and indeed has been treated as a separate species under the name of black vulture.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • Here he took the eggs of black vulture, griffon vulture, short-toed eagle and lmmergeier.

  • The other two—the black vulture and the turkey-buzzard—are monopolists in their peculiar line.

  • There were two distinct species of them, the “turkey-buzzard” (Cathartes aura), and the black vulture (Cathartes atratus).

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • In the eastern façade of the Monjas at Chichen Itza there are glyphs for both the king and the black vulture and the peccary.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • Two species only seem to occur in the writings, the king vulture and the black vulture.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen

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