What type of bird was visiting Brampton?
by Cesar Cartagena
(Brampton, Ontario, Canada)
Possible Black Vulture in Brampton
This large bird was on a rooftop in Brampton, Ontario.
I'm not sure if it was a Turkey Vulture.
It shows white head with a wingspan of about 6-8 feet.
Could anyone help to identify this bird?
Cesar, thank you so much for sending this report to us and for including these pictures.
You're right, this is NOT a Turkey Vulture, it is a much less usual Black Vulture, which I have seen many times in Florida and other states, but which I have never seen in Southern Ontario.
Maybe a few ventured this far north this past summer.
One big difference between these two types of Vultures, is that the Turkey Vulture is a scavenger and only eats animals which are already dead, but the Black Vulture is known to hunt small animals.
I hope you get a definite identification from some of our readers, but I will also post this on our facebook page so that our facebook followers can also enjoy your report and pictures.