Point Pelee National Park of Canada
Birds of Point Pelee National Park
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Vulture, Black (Provincial Rarety)
-Coragyps atratus (Bechstein)
Bare head and neck mark it as a vulture. Differs from Turkey Vulture in somewhat smaller size; black instead of red head, long narrow nostrils; relatively shorter wing (longest primaries little longer than largest secondaries); shorter tail (less than half the length of the folded wing instead of more than half); and square instead of rounded tail. In flight the Black Vulture shows a light area near end of each wing and a shorter square-tipped (not rounded) tail; also its flaps are more rapid.