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Greater Yellow-headed Vulture

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About the Greater Yellow-headed Vulture

Also known as: Forest Vulture

The Greater Yellow-headed Vulture is a New World bird that lives across parts of Central and South America. They are also known as Forest Vultures and are very closely related to the Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture.

Greater Yellow-headed Vultures roost on dead tree limbs. Their preferred habitat is forest, which is not suprising when you consider their alternate name.

Greater Yellow-headed Vultures do not build nests. They may use a scrape-type substrate or lay their eggs on the ground or on rocky surfaces like cliffs or caves.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 August 2012
Scientific Name Cathartes melambrotus
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Cathartidae
  • Cathartes
  • C. melambrotus
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
28 to 33 inches
63 to 83 inches
42 to 114 ounces
Range Central America South America

International Names

  • Urubu-da-mata (Brazilian)
  • 大黄头美洲鹫 (Chinese)
  • kondor větší (Czech)
  • Stor Gulhovedet Grib (Danish)
  • Grote Geelkopgier (Dutch)
  • amazoniankondori (Finnish)
  • Grand Urubu (French)
  • Großer Gelbkopfgeier (German)
  • Avvoltoio testagialla maggiore (Italian)
  • オオキガシラコンドル [ookigashirakondoru] (Japanese)
  • Skogkondor (Norwegian)
  • sepnik zóltoglowy (Polish)
  • Большая желтоголовая катарта (Russian)
  • Aura Selvática (Spanish)
  • Större gulhuvad gam (Swedish)

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