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.