Learn About Solomon

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 25yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-15yrs
  • Wingspan: 4.5ft
  • Weight: 3.5-6lbs
  • Range in the Wild: Southeast United States, Central America, South America
  • Habitat in the Wild: Open lowland grasslands, swamp interspersed with forest
    • Diet in the Wild: carrion, vulnerable mammals, human garbage
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, venison, donated meats
    • Birth: May 2008
    • Arrival: May 2010

Solomon was a fuzzy one-week old chick when he was found on the ground in a mud puddle by an English woman visiting her son in Mississippi. She was very concerned about the baby she had found, but wasn’t even sure what he was! She washed him off and dried him carefully, then sat with him in her rocking chair until her son came home to help. He was then brought to Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. He was already imprinted and bonded with humans, so was un-releasable to the wild. Solomon is now one of our most social and animated avian residents, and can often be seen peeping curiously around his mew door at BOP workers. He loves to nibble on new objects and poke his beak into dark holes (baby vultures feed by sticking their beaks down Mom’s gullet).