Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 August 2012
Scientific Name
Cathartes burrovianus
  • Falconiformes
  • Cathartidae
  • Cathartes
  • C. burrovianus
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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
21 to 26 inches
59 to 65 inches
33 to 54 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Urubu-de-cabeça-amarela
Chinese (汉语) 小黄头美洲鹫
Czech (Cesky) kondor menší
Danish (Dansk) Gulhovedet Grib
Dutch (Nederlands) Kleine Geelkopgier
Finnish (Suomi) pikkukondori
French (Français) Urubu à tête jaune
German (Deutsch) Kleiner Gelbkopfgeier
Italian (Italiano) Avvoltoio testagialla minore
Japanese (日本語) キガシラコンドル [kigashirakondoru]
Norwegian (Norsk) Myrkondor
Polish (Polski) sepnik pstroglowy
Russian (русский язык) Малая желтоголовая катарта
Spanish (Español) Aura Sabanera
Swedish (Svenska) Mindre gulhuvad gam
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