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Wild About Birds - Illinois Vultures!

Family and Species Gallery

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cathartiformes
Family: Cathartidae (New World Vultures) - Vultures have a medium-sized black body. They soar high above the ground in circlrs, searching for dead organisms (carrion). The head is small and bare. Both sexes are similar in appeaance. During flight, the wings form a shallow "Y."
     black vulture (Coragyps atratus)
     turkey vulture (Cathartes aura)