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62â€“81 cm (24Â½-31Â¾ in)
 Similar Species
May be confused with Black Vulture. Separating features:
Breeds in the south of Canada from southern British Columbia to southern Ontario, almost throughout the United States except the far northeast, in Mexico, Central America, part of the Bahamas and the Greater Antilles east to Puerto Rico, and in South America from Colombia and Venezuela south to Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands but rare or absent from much of eastern Argentina. Scarce in the far north but increasing and expanding range. A summer visitor to much of North American range but resident further south.
Four subspecies recognised:
Some sources mention at least two more subspecies. There is also a suspicion that this species should be studied further because more than one species might be involved.
A wide range of habitats from deserts, plains and mountains to forest and jungle. Cruises over all terrestrial and shoreline habitat
Rocking flight with wings held in dihedral (v-shaped)
Often scavenges at refuse-tips and along roadsides and shorelines.
Hisses and grunts given at the nest
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