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"more southerly distribution" - true???[edit]

"tends to have a more southerly distribution than its compatriot, the Turkey Vulture" - I believe this is not true. Black Vultures do not live in Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego archipelago while Turkey Vultures do live there. 201.246.29.27 19:44, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

I see that part I can't vouch for the data on the map. I feel its out of date as the book cited is over 20 years old (Published in 1986). Sawblade05 (talk to me | my wiki life) 13:54, 26 December 2007 (UTC)
The sentence in question is no longer in the article; it now reads, "it has a somewhat more restricted distribution than its compatriot, the Turkey Vulture", and has for some time. --heyjude. 16:39, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

How far north?[edit]

I'm pretty sure I saw five of these guys in Catonsville, Maryland. They definitely had the black or dark gray heads. We got pretty close to one of them, dragging some roadkill up a hill from the road. Could they be moving this far north or should I be looking at another variety? Matuszek (talk) 01:22, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

They're certainly as far north as Maryland—in fact, they're regular as far north as New Jersey. Be aware that young Turkey Vultures can also have dark heads, but their flight profiles are distinctively different. Turkey Vultures fly in a strong dihedral (holding their long wings in a V) while the shorter-winged American Black Vultures hold theirs flatter. Turkey Vultures have silvery-gray flight feathers while American Black Vultures show a circular white patch near the tips of their wings (at the base of their primaries). MeegsC | Talk 07:01, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
I've heard they've come as far north as Michigan.--24.247.171.127 (talk) 14:20, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State gives reports of breeding pairs spotted in the Hudson Valley in the 2000-2005 survey. Since 2004, I've seen them several times in Kingston along the Rondout, and once in West Park near Black Creek. Not R (talk) 04:54, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

How far north?[edit]

Hello i might sound crazy saying this but i live in cold lake/ alberta/ canada and saw a huge black crow that i later discoverd as a american black vulture.. is that possible. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.178.151.240 (talk) 22:02, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

It is quite possible. Crows and Black Vultures can easily be mistaken for each other when seen from far away. --The High Fin Sperm Whale (TalkContribs) 23:16, 26 December 2009 (UTC)
Actually, it isn't possible because Black Vultures don't live in Alberta. --The High Fin Sperm Whale (TalkContribs) 23:01, 27 December 2009 (UTC)

Hunting[edit]

Has anyone ever heard of Black Vultures attacking and killing small animals such as rabbits, squirrels, and marmots? --The High Fin Sperm Whale (TalkContribs) 23:05, 26 December 2009 (UTC)