King Vulture

King Vulture

King Vulture
Sarcoramphus papa


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Cathartiformes
FAMILY
Cathartidae

Range

Southern Mexico to Northern Argentina


Habitat

Tropical forests; also seen in plains and savannahs


Diet

Carrion (dead or decaying animal matter)

Weight

6 - 9 lbs.

Height

32 in.

Wingspan

5 - 6 ft.

Incubation

38 days

Clutch

1 egg

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • They lack a syrinx, which means they can only make simple hisses and grunts.
  • It relies heavily on its keen eyesight to find food because of its poor sense of smell.
  • Its beak is specially adapted for ripping through tough-skinned carcasses.
  • They feed on rotting carcasses which could potentially spread disease.
  • Chicks take five years to develop full adult plumage.

 

Conservation

They are not threatened, however are susceptible to human disturbance and habitat loss.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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