King Vulture

A king vulture at ZSL London Zoo.

Latin name: Sarcorhamphus papa.

What they look like: A large bird with predominately white plumage, the king vulture is best recognised from their bald neck and head which features yellow, orange, purple, blue and red.

Animal facts: 

  • They are larger and stronger than other South American vultures and can tear open skin too tough for smaller vultures.
  • King Vultures often rely on other species to find carrion then they turn up and take over.

What they eat: Carrion (animal carcasses).

Habitat: Tropical lowland forests.

Where they live: Central Mexico to Northern Argentina, Trinidad.

Threats: Few specific threats.

 

Population
Decreasing
Order
CATHARTIFORMES
Family
CATHARTIDAE
Conservation Status
Least Concern