French: Urubu à tête jaune German: Kleiner Gelbkopfgeier Spanish: Aura sabanera
near Veracruz City, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. burrovianus
Cassin, 1845 – E & S Mexico (S Tamaulipas and Oaxaca) S to C Colombia and NW Venezuela.
C. b. urubutinga
Pelzeln, 1861 – lowland South America from SE Colombia, S Venezuela and the Guianas S to NE Argentina and Uruguay.
53–65 cm; male 950–1420 g (n = 2), female 960–1550 g (n = 5); wingspan 150–165 cm. Small cathartid with blackish plumage,... read more
Generally silent. Like other Cathartes, lacks syrinx; at most emits a low, quiet hiss... read more
Most records come from flat, open grasslands, llanos, savannas, swamps, mangroves and... read more
Food and feeding
Feeding ecology very similar to that of C. aura. Has good sense of smell, which it uses to locate food. Probably feeds on wide... read more
Little information available. Adult seen with two recently fledged young in May in Colombia; in same country, female ready to lay in Aug.... read more
No evidence to suggest any extensive movements, but abundance may vary seasonally in Panama and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Global population estimates range from 100,000 individuals to 500,000–5,000,000 individuals. Status and distribution... read more
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