from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The black vulture (Catharista atrata). It ranges from the Southern United States to South America. See vulture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the American vultures; a bird of the genus Cathartes or Catharista.
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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.