French: Sarcoramphe roi German: Königsgeier Spanish: Zopilote rey
“in India occidentali”; error = Suriname
Tropical forest and savanna regions of Middle and South America, from Mexico (S Veracruz and Guerrero) S to Peru, Bolivia and N Argentina.
71–81 cm; c. 3000–3750 g (sexes combined); wingspan 170–200 cm. Strikingly handsome bird. Plumage white, shading to buff on back and shoulders. All flight-... read more
Utters guttural grunts and whistling hisses in courtship, as well as low croaks and bill-snapping... read more
Lowland tropics, usually associated with undisturbed forest, but also found in open savanna and... read more
Food and feeding
A scavenger nearly exclusively, usually associating with C. aura or C. melambrotus, over both of which it is generally... read more
Only a few wild nests have been found, but species breeds well in captivity, from which information on courtship and breeding behaviour has... read more
Apparently resident in most areas throughout the year. Small numbers seen migrating in Bolivia and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very few data available. Global population estimates range from 1000–10,000 individuals to fewer than 50,000 individuals.... read more
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