Adult: Black-brownish all over, with small
unfeathered red head. Bill pale, dark-tipped. In flight, tail is long and narrow,
extending beyond feet. Trailing edge of wing is silvery-gray. Wings form a "V"
(Dihedral shape) in flight. Teeters in the air. Little wing flapping. If you watch soaring
vultures closely: you may find immature eagles soaring with them.
Immature: Similar to adult with gray head and bill. On first glance may be
confused with Black Vulture, when perched.
Habitat: Open country and forests. Found near landfills.
A Florida resident.
Text by Mary Jean Rogers, West Volusia