Greater Yellow-headed Vulture

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 August 2012
Scientific Name
Cathartes melambrotus
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Cathartidae
  • Cathartes
  • C. melambrotus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
28 to 33 inches
63 to 83 inches
42 to 114 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Urubu-da-mata
Chinese (汉语) 大黄头美洲鹫
Czech (Cesky) kondor větší
Danish (Dansk) Stor Gulhovedet Grib
Dutch (Nederlands) Grote Geelkopgier
Finnish (Suomi) amazoniankondori
French (Français) Grand Urubu
German (Deutsch) Großer Gelbkopfgeier
Italian (Italiano) Avvoltoio testagialla maggiore
Japanese (日本語) オオキガシラコンドル [ookigashirakondoru]
Norwegian (Norsk) Skogkondor
Polish (Polski) sepnik zóltoglowy
Russian (русский язык) Большая желтоголовая катарта
Spanish (Español) Aura Selvática
Swedish (Svenska) Större gulhuvad gam
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