Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the American vultures; a bird of the genus Cathartes or Catharista. The name is commonly applied, in ornithology, to the black vulture, or zopilote, the iribu of Azara, Catharista urubu of Vieillot, Vultur iota or Cathartes iota of some writers, now usually known as Catharista atrata. This resembles the common turkey-buzzard of the United States, but differs in the mode of feathering of the neck, proportions of wings and tail, shape of bill, etc. It inhabits the warmer parts of America, from latitude 40° S. to nearly 40° N., and is common in the southern United States as far north as the Carolinas. It is very voracious, and acts as an efficient scavenger in the towns, where it becomes semi-domesticated. See also cut under
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The black vulture (Catharista atrata). It ranges from the Southern United States to South America. See vulture.
“Aves: King Vulture (_S. papa_), Black Vulture (_Catharista urubu_).”
“KING VULTURE (_Sarcorhamphus papa_), BLACK VULTURE (_Catharista urubu_) 1.”
“Stone carving of a Black Vulture (_Catharista urubu_), Copan, Stela”
“The _urubu_ belonged to the vulture family and was found in all tropical South America.”
“We had turned our backs upon the volcano of Orizava; on our right the black summits of the Cordillera stood out against the red sky; the _urubu_ vultures were whirling round and round high up above us -- the only living creatures we had set eyes on since the evening before.”
“Ugh, you brutes!" exclaimed Quashy, referring to a number of urubu vultures which stood on the shells, all more or less gorged, some still tearing sleepily at the meat, others standing in apoplectic apathy, quite unable to fly.”
“Think it’s a black vulture Fr.: urubu noir, not a turkey vulture.”
“We were glad of this occupation during the tedious business of smoking the bears’ meat, and availed ourselves of the leisure time by also preparing for stuffing the condor and the turkey buzzard, urubu or black vulture — for I could not determine to which species the smaller bird belonged.”
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