Link to enlarge image K5741 © Justin Kerr Charles Zidar

Family:  Cathartidae
Genus:  Coragyps
Species:  atratus
Authority:  Bechstein, 1793
Common Name:  Black Vulture
Maya Name:  Ch’oom
Faunal Type:  Bird
Depictions:  Codex
Significance:  Vultures were linked to images of death. They were often depicted attacking humans (Tozzer and Allen 1910). They were incorporated into codices and hieroglyphs. Remains of four vultures were found in an Early Classic tomb at Tikal.
Photos:  Click on an image below for high resolution comparison.

Other Faunal Photos:   Additional views of the faunal species, click on a photo below to view larger image.
Artifact Photo(s) Courtesy of Justin Kerr (FAMSI); Animal Photo(s) Courtesy of Wikipedia GNU General Public License Version 1.2, November 2002; Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0/2.5 License(s).

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