Order Cathartiformes

Family Cathartidae

New World Vultures
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  • Medium-sized to very large diurnal birds of prey, with bare head, powerful hooked bill and large wing area for efficient soaring flight; feed mostly on carrion.
  • North, Central and South America.
  • Wide variety of habitats, from highest mountains to lowland forests and deserts.
  • 56-134 cm.
  • 5 genera, 7 species, 13 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Houston, D. (2020). New World Vultures (Cathartidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52211 on 21 February 2020).