Black Vulture Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Black Vultures are large raptors. In flight, they hold their broad, rounded wings flat and angled slightly forward. The tail is very short and rounded. They have small, bare heads and narrow but strongly hooked bills.

    Relative Size

    Slightly smaller than a Turkey Vulture; slightly larger than a Red-tailed Hawk.

    Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 23.6-26.8 in (60-68 cm)
      • Weight: 56.4-77.6 oz (1600-2200 g)
      • Wingspan: 53.9-59.1 in (137-150 cm)