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 15 November 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
28 to 33 inches
63 to 83 inches
42 to 114 ounces

International Names

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