Huge Black Bird
by Pat Younger
(Mount Airy, NC United States)
It's about the size of a wild female turkey. Is solid black with a straight, non-curved bill that is grayish black. Its underneath feathers (not tail feathers) have a white tip around them. I can't get close enough to take a picture. The bird has yellow legs.
It came up on our front porch and had a hurt wing. I fed it cat food, raw hamburger, lasagna, water; anything I thought it might eat. It has now recovered and can fly very well, but continues to perch in a tree just over the top of our outbuilding. We live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC. The bird never makes a sound, but grew accustomed to the sound of my car and would follow me in to the house (we have a 1/2 mile driveway and live in a very rural area on 45 acres). I'm wondering if this bird has a nest under our outbuilding?
At first I thought it was a black American vulture, but its beak is not curved and it has yellow legs. Then we thought it was a raven, but the have grayish black legs. I've been on the internet repeatedly, the Audobon site, etc., searched all images and see nothing exactly like this bird. Can you help?