What type of bird was visiting Brampton?

by Cesar Cartagena
(Brampton, Ontario, Canada)

Possible Black Vulture in Brampton

Possible Black Vulture in Brampton

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.

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