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Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture

Lilac-breasted Roller
Lesser Vasa-Parrot

About the Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture

Also known as: Savannah Vulture, Savanna Vulture

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

Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures soar on thermals, using few wing flaps and thus minimal energy as they search for food. They locate carrion using their sense of smell, which is unusual among birds.

Their preferred habitats include wet grasslands, mangroves, and swamps. Their alternate name indicates a preference for more open habitat.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 August 2012
Scientific Name Cathartes burrovianus
  • Falconiformes
  • Cathartidae
  • Cathartes
  • C. burrovianus
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 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
21 to 26 inches
59 to 65 inches
33 to 54 ounces
Range Central America South America

International Names

  • Urubu-de-cabeça-amarela (Brazilian)
  • 小黄头美洲鹫 (Chinese)
  • kondor menší (Czech)
  • Gulhovedet Grib (Danish)
  • Kleine Geelkopgier (Dutch)
  • pikkukondori (Finnish)
  • Urubu à tête jaune (French)
  • Kleiner Gelbkopfgeier (German)
  • Avvoltoio testagialla minore (Italian)
  • キガシラコンドル [kigashirakondoru] (Japanese)
  • Myrkondor (Norwegian)
  • sepnik pstroglowy (Polish)
  • Малая желтоголовая катарта (Russian)
  • Aura Sabanera (Spanish)
  • Mindre gulhuvad gam (Swedish)

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