Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53653

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Cathartidae
Genus:Sarcorhamphus
Genus species:Sarcorhamphus papa

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:79 cm
Weight:Identification: The king vulture is a medium-sized vulture with a white breast, white wing coverts, black secondary and primary feathers, and a yellowish to red bald head.
Habitat:Forest: Tropical forest, Grassland: savannah
Diet:Carnivore: carrion
Reproduction:Not well understood
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The king vulture lives in highly dense vegetation, almost solely relying on its sense of smell to find food.

Other Information

Geographic:North America
South America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:raptor
King vulture
hawk-like bird
Sarcoramphus
New World vultures
Vultures
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals