Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

  • Order: Cathartiformes
  • Family: Cathartidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Cathartids are technically voiceless due to the lack of syrinx and its intrinsic muscles, which makes them unable to produce any sound by membrane vibration (Rich 1983). They communicate nonetheless, by guttural sounds like hisses and grunts when feeding or fighting (Buckley 1999).

Recommended Citation

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: