Yes there is vultures in the U.S. But not like the ones you think! Turkey vultures are common in Missouri. They winter in the southern United States and Central America,generally returning in March. Nesting begins in April. They are social when roosting but are solitary nesters. They lay a clutch of two eggs which both adults alternately incubate for 38 to 41. The young vultures fledge from the nest in 75 to 80 days. These immature birds can be distinguished from the red-headed adults by the gray or black skin on their featherless heads. Many people refer to this bird as the buzzard.
Its flight profile is highly characteristic, and it is easily recognized as it sails, tilting from side to side, the wings held ina ditinct V. They feed on carrion, offal, dung, mice, rats, snakes, young birds or eggs. They get up to 26-32 inches tall and 68-72 inches wind. They weigh up to 2.7-5.5 pounds and live around forests and farmland. The turkey vultures scientifc name is Carthartes Aura.
Now lets read about the black vulture.
In subtropical and tropical America, these chunky birds probably are the most numerous birds of prey. They are occasionally seen in southern Missouri. Like turkey vultures, black vultures are migratory, nesting in Missouri and residing here from April through September. Nesting habits are similar to those of turkey vultures, except that black vulturses are sociable nesters. Black vultures fly with a series of heavy flaps followed by a labored glide. Their clutch of two eggs takes 38 to 41 days to incubate, and the young vultures fledge after 70 to 77 days.
They feed on carrion, excrement, newborn pigs, lambs, calves, domestic chicks, nestling birds and eggs. They get about 23-27 inches tall, 54-60 inches wide and 2.2-4.4 pounds. They live in scattered woodlots and open fields. The black vultures scientifc name is Coragyps Atratus. In case you are woundering what a clutch is, its a baby vulture.