Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Cathartidae
Genus: Sarcoramphus
Species: S. papa

The King Vulture also called The American King Vulture is the most strikingly colored of the New World vultures. The King Vulture has a yellow fleshy crest (wattle) on its bill, and the bare skin of its head is yellow and red. Its plumage is black and grey, but it has pink and yellow tinges. The eyes are straw-coloured in the adult. It is about 80 cm long.

King vultures inhabit tropical lowland forests and nest near to the ground in stumps or downed logs. It ranges from southern Mexico to southern Argentina.

3 Replies to “King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)”

  1. awesome photo! he is one cute reptile and I love the detail and how you captured him peeking around the wooden post! cheers 🙂

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