My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

New World Vultures


New World Vultures

Order: Ciconiiformes Family: Cathartidae
The New World vultures are not closely related to Old World vultures, but superficially resemble them because of convergent evolution. Like the Old World vultures, they are scavengers, however, unlike Old World vultures, which find carcasses by sight, New World vultures have a good sense of smell with which they locate carcasses. There are 2 Michigan species
Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura

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