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King Vulture

King Vulture

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Scientific Name:

Sarcoramphus papa


Mexico to Argentina and Uruguay.


Scavenger. Occasionally may also eat palm fruits and fruits from tropical trees.


Habitat: Tropical forest, savanna and grassland.

Incubation: 53-58 days / 1 egg

Social structure: solitary or in pairs

Weight: 3-3.7kg

Dimensions: height 71-81cm, wing span 1. 7-2m

Lifespan: 40 under human care

Estimated population in the wild: 670-6,700

Threats: Habitat destruction.

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. They have one of the most powerful beaks of all American vultures and can open carcasses that other vultures cannot. For this reason, they often eat first and other vultures feed off the remains.
  2. They do not appear to have a functional sense of smell,  so they are largely dependent on other vultures to lead them to food.

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