The black vulture’s diet is carrion but they also feed on plant material, skunks, opossums, calves, young herons, and small animals that they search for by chasing down other vultures and also by sight.
Black vultures are plentiful in South Florida and are primarily scavengers that spend hours soaring at heights. They mostly glide only flapping their wings there is need for it. They are said to be highly aggressive and are often chase away intruders. In order to find food they fly as low to the ground as possible to pick out the scent in the air. Their sense of sight is very good but their sense of smell is poorer than Turkey Vultures.