New World Vultures (Cathartidae)

American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) - HBW 2, p. 39

French: Urubu noir German: Rabengeier Spanish: Zopilote Negro

Taxonomy: Vultur atratus Bechstein, 1793, St John's River, Florida.
Affinities unclear. May be better considered monotypic, as validity of races doubtful. Three subspecies sometimes recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • atratus (Bechstein, 1793) - S USA and N Mexico.
  • brasiliensis (Bonaparte, 1850) - Central America and N & E South America.
  • foetens (Lichtenstein, 1817) - W South America.