Catharista atrata


Catharista atrata
Vulture Vul"ture (?; 135), n. [OE. vultur, L. vultur: cf. OF. voltour, F. vautour.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of rapacious birds belonging to {Vultur}, {Cathartes}, {Catharista}, and various other genera of the family {Vulturid[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

Note: In most of the species the head and neck are naked or nearly so. They feed chiefly on carrion. The condor, king vulture, turkey buzzard, and black vulture ({Catharista atrata}) are well known American species. The griffin, lammergeir, and Pharaoh's chicken, or Egyptian vulture, are common Old World vultures. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.