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King Vulture

Kirtland's Warbler
King Bird-of-paradise

About the King Vulture

The King Vulture is a large species of New World vulture that lives across a variety of habitats through much of South America and parts of Central America. They are the largest vultures found in the new world, not including the two condor species (California and Andean).

The King Vulture is a scavenger, dining on deceased animals including beached fish, livestock carcasses, and dead wild animals, including sloths!

The King Vulture has a very unique look. The body plumage is contrasting buffy-white and black. The skin on the head is wrinkly, with a mixture of reddish-purple and black tones contrasting with the yellow and orange neck. The tip of the black bill is a deep red, with a yellow-orange, oddly-crested cere.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 23 August 2012
Scientific Name Sarcoramphus papa
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Cathartidae
  • Sarcoramphus
  • S. papa
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)
Units: Imperial Metric
27 to 32 inches
48 to 79 inches
96 to 160 ounces
Range Central America South America

International Names

  • Urubu-rei (Brazilian)
  • 王鹫 (Chinese)
  • kondor královský (Czech)
  • Kongekondor (Danish)
  • Koningsgier (Dutch)
  • kuningaskondori (Finnish)
  • Sarcoramphe roi (French)
  • Königsgeier (German)
  • Avvoltoio reale (Italian)
  • トキイロコンドル [tokiirokondoru] (Japanese)
  • Kongekondor (Norwegian)
  • kondor królewski (Polish)
  • Королевский гриф (Russian)
  • Zopilote Rey (Spanish)
  • Kungsgam (Swedish)

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