from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of American vultures, giving name to the family Cathartidæ.
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- n. type genus of the Cathartidae: turkey vultures
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The young crocodiles are often attacked, and have their eyes pecked out, by the small gallinazo or "zamuro" vultures (_aura_ and _cathartes_), just in the same way that we have seen one of a larger size become the victim of the more powerful king vultures (_Sarcoramphus papa_).
He is, more probably, a distinct species of _cathartes_; for, although he resembles the turkey-buzzard in shape and size, his plumage appears to me of a purer black, and the skin of his head, neck, and legs, of a much more vivid red -- having an appearance as if these parts had been painted.